Organizing Your Classroom and Supplies Evertson, Chapter 1
I. Classroom Decisions About Room Arrangement Keep High traffic areas free of congestion Be sure you can see all students Keep frequently used teaching materials and student supplies readily at hand Be certain that students can see whole class presentations and displays
II. Suggestions For Arranging Your Classroom • Wall and Ceiling Space: • a. At the beginning of school year • * Class rules • * Daily assignments and schedules • * Decorative display with current events • * Calendar • * Emergency Exit diagram • b. Other displays • * Regarding the topics to be discussed at hand • * Track student locationsthe popsicle stick idea • * Poster with pockets for student assignments • c. Large bulletin board to place students’ work • e. Use time decorating wisely • f. Ask Master Teachers
2. Arrangements of Students’ Desks • High traffic areas clear • Leave enough room between desks • Make sure that you have enough desks and chairs • Determine seating arrangements @ two weeks after • classes start • 3. Small Group Instruction • For brainstorming, group projects, etc. • Arrange so you can see the rest of the • students • If no chairs, students can carry their own • Or, use floor • 4. Computer Work Stations • Be able to see their screens to check if they are • on task • Need space for printers, software, paper, etc.
5. Teacher Desks and other Furniture • Place desks at functional placesNear whole classroom • instruction and materials to be usedMake sure you face the • students (to be with it) • Storage areas frequently used by students should be • approachable • Bookcases against the wall and not obstructing the students’ • view of what is happening in the class • Centers should be built according to themes, and locate them • in a way that they would bother the other students • Plants and pet areas should be introduced after first week of • classesRemember, they supplement instruction
Storage Space and Supplies Have test books, and other reading Materials available Student folders: “make it a habit” Use portfolios Frequently used Materials = handy Make a list of what you will need Do not Depend! Students’ belongings close to them Equipment in Working conditions Exercise You have been given a number. On page 15 and 16 Answer the question with your number on it.