When you create a classroom environment that is functional and organized, yet comfortable for you and your students to inhabit day in and day out, you lay the groundwork for a good school year. The physical appearance of your classroom is also the first impression people will have of it.
- Develop a clear vision of what you want as the physical setup of your classroom this year, so that you can arrange that first.
- Walk yourself through a typical day. Decide where to place the student desks and where to have the common area (for example, placement of a rug) to best facilitate your plans. The placement of these items will affect everything that happens in your classroom.
- Visit other classrooms, and ask for advice from experienced teachers.
- Establish a classroom environment that promotes student involvement, encourages self-control, and minimizes disruptions that are caused by disorganization.
- Make sure that your classroom reflects care and respect for you and your students.
Physical Setup of the Classroom
Setting up your classroom in a systematic way can reduce confusion and make the instructional process easier.
- Set up the furniture and rug.
- Student desks and chairs
- Teacher’s desk and chair
- File cabinet
- Small group workstation
- Learning center desks and chairs
- Organize all supplies, having requested them from the office.
- Teacher supplies at the teacher’s desk
- Student supplies at the student desks or in closets
- Room supplies in closets
- Organize books and consumables (to be distributed).
- Set up the classroom library.
- Two or three bookcases or plastic tubs
- Small rug
- Beanbag chair
- Set up classroom equipment.
- CD player
- Overhead projector
- Document reader
- Smart Board
- Set up computers.
- Power outlet
- Internet connection
- Mount bulletin boards.
- Background paper and borders
- School news and information board
- Set up the teacher station near the front of the room.
- Set up workspace for the aide or volunteer.
- Learning tools
- Supplies for students
- Set up learning centers.
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