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On my way to a counselor’s meeting at Santa Ana High School today, I saw Heninger’s principal Bill Skelly, and he introduced me to some of the teachers, and showed me their awesome learning spaces. Mrs. Rodriguez’s Algebra class had several seating options for students, including areas for groups to work at tables of 4, or a conference arrangement with multiple students, and even on the floor on a rug with some large pillows and a lap desk. At some of the table groups, instead of seats, she has crates flipped upside down with pillows on the top. It’s a super cute and cost effective way to give different seating options! I was really inspired by her learning space, and would love to go back to see how students navigate the room. On a side note, Mrs. Rodriguez was a former Santa Ana High School student, how cool is that?!
Mr. Skelly also showed me Mrs. Wheatley’s Room, a social studies teacher, who has seating at different levels from the ground, as well as a V.I.P. table, and a corner area with cushioned seating around a small table almost like a coffee table.
You can really tell that these teachers put a lot of thought into making these spaces inviting, and student choice. Thank you Heninger for showing me your classrooms, and I can’t wait to come back and see how students interact in the space!
After that, and my meeting with the counseling office, I ran into the Halo Tutoring Team, and Jessica Ochoa just happened to mention wanting to re-design the tutoring space in the library to include beanbags, and different seating options. Go Halo Tutoring Shop!! Lots of great ideas and discussion today about learning spaces for students!
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