Dr. Rouse and her students take advantage of some collaborative work space to discuss their summer reading. The students used a process similar to the World Cafe to talk about books like V for Vendetta, A Separate Peace, and Cold Mountain.
Dr. Rouse and her English classes set up in the two bay windows. Those spaces are equipped with adjustable height tables and comfortable and easy-to-move benches and stools. The furniture, which is easily configured to meet students’ needs, helped create small, focused literature discussions. The spaces also helped Dr. Rouse guide discussions among several groups. She said, “It allowed me to walk around, listen, jump in, circulate and then back off without being intrusive. It was the perfect amount of space and distance to keep them on task rather than feel like they were evading the panoptic gaze and getting away with straying off task.”