A lesson from chairs – for whom are many classrooms designed?

The chairs in classrooms can illustrate an interesting point…one worth considering. I can’t believe I’ve never really noticed this before. I’ve observed hundreds of classes. The actual chairs never made a note in my observations.

Compare and contrast the chairs at student desks with those at teacher desks. Which chairs are more flexible, more comfortable, more geared to ergonomic learning? What does the comparison show? For whom are many classrooms designed?

Earlier today, I was reading Jonathan Martin’s post – “Inspiring and Informative: Lessons Learned Visiting Albemarle Schools with Superintendent Pam Moran.” I was challenged and inspired by the rich details of the school visit.

I was also struck by the student and teacher seating. A small detail? Maybe. Maybe not.