‘Tis the season for chaos. Regardless of how well you’ve planned your lessons, the festive season can be somewhat distracting. For today’s 12 Days of Teaching post, we take a look at five organisational classroom set-ups you can use throughout the year.
Organising a classroom that works for both teacher and students can be a daunting task. But putting structures and routines in place allows a class to run more smoothly—allowing quality learning to take place.
Here, we provide five tips for organizing your learners and their learning space.
- Create a safe place to learn. Students must feel safe to take risks, and not be afraid of making mistakes. Your classroom environment should facilitate a foundation for building meaningful, trusting relationships.
In this Teachers Media International video, a school community team demonstrates how they have transformed a concrete and steel edifice into a stimulating—and safe—learning space.
- Incorporate technology. Regardless of the hardware in your classroom, it should be easily accessible to individual, pairs, or groups of students. For a look at an “organised for learning” classroom of the future, check out this video. Notice how students are working individually, in groups, and also as a whole class? They’re still using physical materials, but in a very different way.
- Personalise learning where possible. Some students thrive in large groups, while others will share more if the group is smaller. Pay attention to student learning styles, including those who fit on the special needs spectrum, to allow all learners to flourish.
Here, a school has tailored its classroom layouts, resources and lesson activities to help students with dyslexia learn. Can you adapt any of these ideas in your learning space?
- Pay attention to physical layout. How a classroom is laid out reflects your teaching style—and you. If you want students to collaborate in small groups, organise students around tables or clusters of desks. Consider a u-shape desk configuration for whole group discussions, or learning stations for self-paced curriculum.
This Teachers Media International video may inspire some ideas.
- Get creative. Set aside any preconceived notions of how you think a classroom should look. Visit museums, libraries and other schools for ideas, or research business, universities and flip through home and garden magazines to see how working spaces are created and organised. You may be surprised to find gems you can apply in your own working environment. Brainstorming with students may also net some ideas, and will allow students to feel as though the classroom truly belongs to everyone.
Excited to learn more? In this informative article from Scholastic, real teachers share inspiration and creative tips that will help turn your classroom into a unique learning space. Remember, it’s all about building relationships and creating an engaging environment.
See you on Friday!
~ The Teachers Media Team
P.S. If you’ve missed posts one through four in our 12 Days of Teaching series, you can start with here with 1 Project Based Learning Activity.