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When third-grade teacher Kayla Delzer began her teaching career nine years ago, she “didn’t like the rows of individual desks,” she recalls, so she rearranged them into groups of desks, or “pods” to create a more collaborative, less-siloed classroom. Today, the classroom desks are gone, replaced by standing tables, stability balls, crate seats, couches, and beanbag chairs. Her inspiration? Starbucks and college lounges – spaces where students can sit comfortably and still concentrate on their work. “I just began to wonder, ‘why can’t my classroom look like this?”
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