When finally get down to business, I start by compartmentalize my set-up duties into three major groups... classroom stuff, teacher stuff, and student stuff. Please excuse the over use of "stuff", but in the intensity of setting up a classroom it is all "stuff" intermingled in my thoughts which tend to easily jump from this "To Do list to that "To Do" list and back again! Does anyone else experience this problem... or are my familial ADHD traits showing again?
|I use my desk to plan and organize lessons.|
Let's start with "classroom stuff"...
On day one of a new year set-up, I start with the physical classroom space. The first things I conquer in terms of physical classroom set-up are the big places (ie: whole group meeting area(s), small group meeting area, and my space). Last year with a little creative wiggling I actually created two whole group meeting areas. One group meeting area is in front of the activboard and the other was in front of the calendar and white board.
|Reading, Writing, Math and Science ready for the da|
|Teaching resources are right behind my desk|
|One filing cabinet next to a teaching resource bookshelf|
|Our whole group meeting area near the Active Board|
|Math manipulatives under math assignment board|
|Student supply areas are easily accessible|
|Our science supplies, materials, and displayed work are located together|
The last element to address in Classroom Set-up 101: Classroom Stuff is bulletin boards... my favorite! As much as possible I coordinate bulletin boards with the curricular areas already established in the classroom. For further details on this subject check out these posts:
Bulletin Boards 101,
Bulletin Boards 101: The Necessary Kind, Bulletin Boards 101: Curriculum Centered,
Bulletin Boards 101: The Special Kind.
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I always tell my students that their desk is like their brain. If it is cluttered and disorganized it will be difficult for them to think, learn and complete their work. In the same way my classroom is an extension of my teaching brain. The way I set up my teaching environment truly determines the way I prepare, interact with, and facilitate learning. No doubt this post covers a lot of information! To recap the high points I will leave you with a short reminder list for the "Classroom Stuff" of Classroom Set-up 101.... Click the picture to download a free copy. Hope you enjoy it!