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.
Purposeful Classroom Arrangement
A room arrangement that lends itself to your teaching style, student movement around the classroom, and facilitation of instruction is of the utmost importance. After all, this is where you and your students spend most of your waking hours.
- Organize your classroom so that movement can take place easily and in an orderly fashion.
- Take into account the needs of all persons involved.
- The arrangement of the classroom must meet many needs, including the following:
- Students working individually
- Students working in pairs
- Small group work
- Students working in centers
- Multiple types of instruction
- Equal access to instruction
- Equipment usage
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