Finally, after five days of solid work, the classroom is ready! Classroom set-up is more important to student learning than most people realize. The design and set-up of a classroom must not only be conducive to student learning, but also be an inviting and warm environment that students want to be in each day. When I try to create my classroom environment each year, I always make sure I have a few key components in place:
- A large area, usually in the center of the classroom, for the entire class to gather as a group. This is key for mini lessons and read aloud.
- At least two to three areas for small groups to sit (or stand) and work.
- A few comfortable areas for reading or working. I love pillows, bean bags, alternative seating, and the old couch that I inherited with the room last school year.
- Desk seating where all students can easily access the Smart board.
- A supply area that has every possible thing students may need.
- A teacher work area with enough space for me to work and for students to sit and work with me.
- A large, inviting library that houses many different genres, authors, and collections.
Here's part of what I came up with this year...
|Welcome to Room 20!|
|The view of the classroom from the Smart board. Students desks|
are arranged in a U-shape with the large meeting area in the center.
|View of the classroom while standing in the class library.|
|Here is a better view of the math bulletin board. The crate to the|
left holds practice multiplication & division fact practice sheets
for students to take as needed. The red tub holds many different
math picture books that we read during the year.
|This is another small group area. The counter with plants is also|
a separate small group or independent work area. The reading/writing
bulletin board is seen to the left. That board is also ready for anchor charts.
|Here is the writing/paper supply area. Pencils and other supplies|
are also in this area, but out of view from the picture. Student writing
is displayed in the page protectors on the cabinets above the paper.
|The couch I inherited with room 20 is a favorite place for|
students to sit, especially during read aloud. It's also
a great meeting spot for small group discussions.
|The most important book of the year: The Teacher|
Plan Book. Now that the room is complete, I can
put curriculum in place and make the magic happen!