CONE OF SILENCE (Think Get Smart! TV show from the 60's)
I got the idea for this week's M4MM from a Twitter conversation I had with @druinok and @LaurenDeReche about setting up desks in our rooms.
@druinok has her desks set up in groups of four like this. @LaurenDeRoche had referenced a blog post she saw here which basically is the same set up that @druinok has.
So I was sold. Here are the way I will set up my desks:
But, I really hate giving my lovelies an even better opportunity to cheat...so how can I stop it? Well, I could rearrange desk for assessments or put up folders to block their vision across desks. That simply doesn't work for me.
I need to make this as complicated as possible for myself, so I decided to make vision blockers out of PVC pipe. @druinok's response was
"lol - you and your pvc pipe! :) Love it".
She was referring to my M4MM from last week.
I thought and realized there has to be an easier way! A way that appears complicated and out of the box, but is simple and inexpensive.
On a trip to Costco later in the day I found the answer! Here is the solution I came up with in action...
That's right! Those flat cardboard pieces are perfectly sized to create cubicles in my room! Almost as if they knew I was coming! Do the folks at Costco follow us on Twitter? Maybe!
So I call this contraption the "cone of silence" named after one of my favorite shows from when I was a kid and played hookie!
Maybe I could have the kids paint scenery of sunshine and blue skies or a quiet pond with fluffy clouds to keep them in a good mood during tests?
I'm off now to grab about 10 more pieces of cone of silence. :-)
Here's another possibly better solution posted by Amy Gruen. I like her idea because it seems very easy to execute. I am off to Pizza Hut today! I was considering cutting my cardboard pieces to fit on top of the desks, but this idea is just so perfect! Thanks Amy!