‘Modernization of the classroom’

HARLINGEN — It’s a group effort.

The desks, with their sweeping curves and bright colors, were clustered around each other as if to illustrate their plans to rehabilitate an antiquated style of solitary learning.

The desks, all cheery in shiny polished plastic or laminant, were dressed in joyful colors of sunny orange or blue. They greeted Harlingen teachers and administrators who spilled into the Harlingen school district’s administration building Friday for the “Modernization of the Classroom” expo.

The purpose of the expo was for teachers and administrators to view the new furniture with all its novel features and then provide feedback about what they liked most. That feedback would be used to determine which furniture the district would purchase for its classrooms. The district is seeking to bring a whole new style of furniture that would facilitate group activities.

“We are looking at modernizing our classroom furniture in the elementary schools,” said Veronica Kortan, the school district’s administrator for organizational development. “We have been studying different options for technology and furniture.”

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