Sitting Softly In the Seat of Your Selection

How many of you are attending school? Please raise your hand.

Okay, I see um… one, two, three, four, five, please raise your hands, six, you in the back are seven, and me. Um Eight?

Yeah, yeah, rough estimate, I know.

So, some of you are still in school? Okay… how many of you sit in desks?

My, my. That’s a lot of people!

To put it in the other direction, how many of you sit in groups around a table, or desks pushed together?

I see. I seem to be one of the only ones.

If you were to have the choice, what would you pick? Tables or desks?

To put it from a teacher’s point of view, desks take up a lot less space, therefore making them the perfect tool for getting a lot of people into a small classroom. They also make the classroom look relatively neat and organised. That’s all fine and good.

With three or four people around a table, you encourage conversations more. This can be a good thing, or a bad thing. They also encourage communication with other people, learning how to share space, and how to work with people you don’t generally get along with.

It desks, you can’t do that.

You’re stuck in your small little island, all of the work space in front of you is yours, it’s harder to talk to people, etc.

The most important thing with tables is the amount of pure stuff you can fit on them. Even when you have to share a table between three people, you still have a good deal more space. You can fit a tremendous amount of stuff on your area, especially laptops. 

This isn’t always good, as students tend to have a lot of junk on their tables. You have to constantly remind them to clean it all out.

But lets put this question from a students point of view. Tables or desks?

As a student myself, I prefer tables. Mostly for all of the above reasons.

The best thing I like about them is the enormous potential for practical jokes.

One swift kick at the stabilization strut thingy, and the next time any pressure is put there, one side of the table collapses. Wonderful.

Not that I have actually done that, I just think that it would be a good idea. And it sure makes the class laugh pretty hard.

Even so, I think that tables are way better than desks. All for the simple idea of communication.

People have to communicate. People need other people. You have to talk to other people, pool your knowledge, share your ideas, have a good time.

If school was totally boring, would people go there?



3 Responses to “Sitting Softly In the Seat of Your Selection”

  1. hey I would rather sit in a desk than at a table. If you sit at a table you may not like who you sit by , in a desk you sit by your self. I really like your blog. =P

    • Very true. The one thing I like in my classroom is that if there is a free spot open anywhere in the room, you can take it. Most of the time.

  2. Haha. That was a funny post and is verrrrrrrry interesting. Though it would have been better if you had more pics videos and links.

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