At the beginning of the school year, preparing a classroom does not consist in selecting a theme for the bulletin board, arranging the tables in rows and preparing a class plan. Today, more and more teachers are aware that the traditional environment no longer corresponds to the needs of students of the 21st century . The configuration of the classroom must occupy the entire space and take into account each of its occupants. This involves more than just a choice of colors or posters on the walls.
To finish with the table rows (see even with the tables) may seem utopian. Yet many resources are now available to help us in this direction. It is important to keep in mind some great principles when you make your plans. Do not lose sight of your mission: prepare your students to live in this century. Here are 7 major principles (the 7 E): create a space at the same time Efficient, Engaging, Educational, Economic, Expressive, Equitable , and Empathic .
01. A classroom layout “Efficient”
A classroom never seems big enough. It is therefore important not to waste space. Teachers have many tricks to organize the furniture and find multiple uses for the material, in order to maximize their work space.
Use storage towers for example! This allows students to keep supplies handy and to prevent them from getting up to pick them up (which avoids disrupting the course). The picture above shows how to integrate them into groups of tables, to allow students to access them quickly, and even to store their mobile phones.
This teacher put two drawer cabinets back to back, and took the opportunity to create a nice magnetic board for the class. An ingenious trick to stimulate students to ask questions or bring creativity to the classroom . Look at the furniture available in your classroom and think about what could have a dual function, or be used differently. This will increase your work space, without increasing the volume of your furniture.
If you have a closet in the classroom, use the door to get more storage, for example using a shoe rack. This will be a wonderful way to store correctly matched felts, since they always end up mixed in boxes!
Do not forget the ceiling of your classroom! You have a vast and totally available space to display and hang a lot of things.
02. A classroom layout “Engaging”
What can you add to your classroom to impress students? How can you put them at ease and involve them? If you are starting your teaching career , be imaginative!
When students have the opportunity to leave their mark in the classroom, they often develop a sense of ownership that will influence their behavior and work. Click here to discover Brittney Briggs’ directions to create interest and create a community through a whiteboard made available to everyone.
A wall with motivating messages will be very eye-catching and will communicate what is important for the class. Feel free to use bright colors! Remember: each color has its share of associated emotions .
Anything that allows interactivity will attract attention and give your teaching a fun side, like this vocabulary game, using a ball and a basketball hoop.
For students who can not help watching the clock, you can subtly remind them to be more attentive!
03. A classroom layout “Educational”
The classroom also contributes to teaching. What can you include in your room so that even when you do not directly address them, can your students learn? Read this article to find out how to motivate your students and build on the following examples:
The possibilities of posters to decorate your walls are endless, but static images lose their power over time. The scoreboards open to students will maintain interest. You can also use the social networking games that students like, to develop their vocabulary.