Organizing your classroom
Room arrangements should be functional and reflect your teaching style.
1. Personal touches create a sense
of community and individualism in the classroom.
- Lamps can give a room a less
institutional and more inviting appearance.
- Green plants soften a room and
also improve the air quality.
- Floors and ceilings as well as
walls can be used to display learning aids and student work.
- A class pet can spark student
interest and invite engagement. Fish are certainly not disruptive.
- If your room is large enough,
a comfortable area where students can work alone or in small groups
- Soft music between classes or
during group work or independent learning time can create a pleasant
- Consider providing a bulletin
board or other space for students to contribute to.
- Post a large sign with your name,
room number and class outside the door.
2. Organizational decisions can facilitate
- Create a filing system and use
- Keep high traffic areas (doorways,
bookshelves, computers, pencil sharpeners) free of congestion.
- Use in/out baskets to help you
and your students manage assignments and materials effectively.
- If possible, create "mailboxes"
or storage areas for each student and use them regularly.
- Consider a central storage area
for paper, pencils, felt markers, tape, staplers, rulers and other
tools. Make sure they are returned to the proper place at the end of
- Display class rules procedures,
calendar, assignments, seating charts and other informational items
in a visible and convenient location. Make sure this area is kept neat
- Arrange furniture to allow space
to walk around the room and among students. Sit at student desks to
check their view of the board and other teaching stations.
- Set up a table near the door
where students can pick up and deposit assignments and materials as
they enter and leave.
- Devise a system for absent students
to check what they missed when they return.