A Good Place to Learn

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A Good Place to Learn. Create a space that reflects the learning goals of the work space, the personality, interests, and age of the students who learn there and to create a space that is a comfortable and productive learning environment for all. Desks - versatile. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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A Good Place to Learn

A Good Place to LearnCreate a space that reflects the learning goals of the work space, the personality, interests, and age of the students who learn there and to create a space that is a comfortable and productive learning environment for all.

Desks - versatileClustering for small group workPlace in horseshoe or circle for discussionsArrange in rows for testing

Be purposeful about arranging it to match the sort of student interaction you want.

Reduce BarriersA teachers desk and empty student desks are barriers between you and your students. Move them, move the students, and/or move yourself.

Reduce Distance between You and the StudentsIf the space is large and the group is small, cluster the group in a section of the room.

Monitor Distance between Student DesksEnsure that students desks are arranged so that students can get in and out of their seats and retrieve their materials without bumping into each other or each others work. To check on placement sit in one chair and leave it out as if a student were sitting in it. Then sit in the chair or desk behind and/or beside it. Try moving in and out of the second seat. It takes more room than it seems like it should.

Check Visibility from Each SeatSit at each student location to see what a student sees from that spot in the room. Remove any visual or auditory barriers or distracters from the key instructional areas of the room.

Arrange Furniture to Match Desired Student InteractionWhole class discussion students need to be where they can see each otherSmall Groups arrange desks to resemble a small tableRows use rows if students are taking a test, rows are also easiest for custodial clean-up

Your DeskPut your desk against a wallForm a small conference area

Small Table for Guided Reading and ConferencesIf at all possible have a table at which you can conduct small group instruction and also have private conferences with students. Since you want to discuss work and behavior privately, it is wonderful to have a place to do it in the classroom rather than having to go into the hall.

Bookcases, Storage Cabinets, and File CabinetsThe placement of these units will be dictated by their size and the types of materials you store in each. Be mindful of safety issues regarding traffic patterns.

Supply CenterEasily accessibleThe important variable is for you to not have to stop what you are doing to get something students need.

High Traffic AreasNear doorsPencil sharpenerSupply centerTurning in assignments..must be kept clear of furniture

Walls, Bulletin Boards, and White BoardsThink verticallyStandardsAgendasStudent workFrame and hang copies of your diplomas near your deskLarge master calendar with events and assignments

Changing the Room ArrangementDifferent colors of electrical tape on the floor in his classroom. Front legs go on the colored dots according to the lesson: green dots=group work, red dots=whole class discussion, yellow dots=testing