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Your ideal classroom

Discussion in 'Heads of department' started by Firebird123, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. Firebird123

    Firebird123 New commenter

    WOW!!!! Lucky you!!!!

    I'm also a music teacher and would love to have this opportunity, especially since our department is housed in what is essentially a glorified portacabin...

    On my wish list would be:

    1) Three large teaching spaces - two main classrooms with desks and with keyboards (with headphones) around the walls, and one Music ICT teaching room with 35 computer workstations and keyboards and headphones. There would be some of the workstations set up for audio recording (e.g. plugging an electric guitar straight in to Cubase).
    2) I would have a specialist Music technician.
    3) A fully functioning recording studio.
    4) A suite of practice rooms, some with digital pianos, some with real pianos, and some larger practice rooms for band use.
    5) Interactive whiteboards in all classrooms with the voting system gadgety things (you can tell I don't have one!!!)
    6) Lots of storage space.
    7) funky posters
    8) A steel pan room.
    9) Ipads.

    Will let you know if I think of anything else!!! Have fun :)
  2. englishteach101

    englishteach101 Occasional commenter

    Woah! That's a huge wishlist! Feel your pain however as I'm currenltly teaching in 1 teaching space, with 1 practice room so am soooo looking forward to getting into the new build this time next year- even if I don't manage to swing any extra funding with this opportunity. It may go nowhere, but you've got to try eh?
    I agree with the storage thing, and with your suggestion of keyboards around the side of the room- I'd like to find some way of having a second level to this desk, so students could pull out a small panel to use to write on when at the keyboards however.
    You've given me loads to think about, any more suggestions however, keem them coming!
  3. VeronicAmb

    VeronicAmb Occasional commenter

    That's the same thing my headteacher is giving the subject leaders' and assistant SLs' to do. What all the staff has asked for; is on all floors/departments, we get an office such as an English office that have one desk per teacher, an extra storage room to keep equipment such as books, exams, paper, pens, timetables, folders, SOWs, etc. Also to get a little sitting area in the office, an we also have a round table that fits 15 staff which we have for our annual staff meetings! And guess what? Everything we said about 3 years ago, is finally taking place, and we can move into our new school block Sept 2012, which I'm super happy about!

    But yeah; so basically, it's to have a departmental office that only the English teachers can access, which is totally great for our department!
  4. casper

    casper New commenter

    I would like the same wish list as Firebird. Although I would settle for an interactive white board an IT room for 30 pupils and some practice rooms fully equipped. I have very poor facilities. No Ipads, too easy to break. I would rather sepnd the money on instruments.
  5. Karvol

    Karvol Occasional commenter

    How exactly does this help teachers mix with other subject teachers and increase the "collegiality"?
    To have subjects operating in isolation of other subjects seems a very old-fashioned and retrograde step to me. I fall you are going to do is teach your classes and then return to a departmental office then none of the vital communication that takes place with teachers of other subjects is going to happen.

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