"Make available a “private” or isolated area, such as a study carrel, for individual seatwork, testing, or tutoring.”
Springfield, OH (PRWEB) May 13, 2010
You would never think that a properly folded and scored and cut and rounded and adjustable piece of cardboard would make any impact in a classroom. Well, they do . . . and they’re called “portable cardboard study carrels”. They’re quickly growing in popularity, and . . . students love them!
ClassroomProducts.com started out with 2 carrels that satisfied many needs. Now, they find that more sizes were needed to fill every need. Models added include a Jumbo Carrel, larger adjustable computer carrel, taller desktop carrel, and a laptop computer carrel.
Cardboard study carrels have been used for years to give school students privacy and reduce distractions during testing. In fact, almost all state Departments of Education suggest them.
The state of Texas DOE recommends a cardboard carrel be placed around each workstation to prevent students from seeing one another’s monitor. The Colorado DOE says "Make available a “private” or isolated area, such as a study carrel, for individual seatwork, testing, or tutoring.”
Though using study carrels for testing is a great idea, students often request them from their teachers to use when working on creative projects. Creativity can be stifled if a student conscientiously or sub conscientiously fears that someone is watching while they work. This could apply to drawing and creative writing.
Reading while using cardboard study carrels prevents a student from being distracted. It also helps their comprehension because they are less aware of the pace of others reading in the same room. They don’t feel they have to “keep up”.
Schools have also used cardboard study carrels for years as voting booths while holding “mock” elections. They set up easily, are storable and reusable.