There are so many activities that happen inside a classroom simultaneously. And with the right classroom setup, the space could accommodate all of those functions in a way that supports hassle free learning.
From lesson plans to graded homework and everything in between, each subject and lesson that is taught in a classroom is important for children. A good classroom layout helps keep students on task and make classroom management seamless.
Here are a few tips for a good classroom setup that fosters a fun and creative learning environment:
Flexible Seating Arrangement
Flexible seating could work as a game-changer in a classroom.
Flexible seating not only helps students concentrate, but also gives them more power over their learning environment. With a cohesive classroom setup, children could listen to their body at ease and choose a method of sitting that helps them learn the best.
Classroom organisation is the key to not losing assignments, lesson plans, manipulatives etc.
There are many moving objects to a classroom — especially if it's a teaching space that has different groups of students every period.
To keep the class room organised, make sure your materials and resources are clearly labeled.
You may also set clear expectations with students about their role in keeping the classroom organised and orderly.
A classroom library never fails
Reading unlocks a child’s potential and helps create a lifelong love of learning in the child.
No matter which grade level or subjects are taught in the classroom, it’s always a great idea to create a classroom library.
A classroom library gives learners quick and easy access to books on verified subjects throughout classroom hours. And adding a reading area near that classroom library could also provide a quiet space for students to foster their intellectual liberty.
Prioritise the front of the classroom
The school management should be mindful of the posters and learning materials that are placed near the entrance of the classroom.
A welcoming environment keeps students warm
A great way to welcome students to the classroom is to have their names posted somewhere in the classroom.
Personalising their desks or decorating the classroom is a plus.
Birthday signs are another great personalisation option that attracts students to the classroom.
Set up the entry and exit points
Safety is the first priority when setting up the entry and exit points of the classroom.
Doorways should be welcoming and remain clear of any obstacles.
Things to consider while creating entry or exit points-
Does anything impede the influx of traffic in the classroom?
What is the best layout of furniture laid directly after the entry point?
The classroom’s entry point is also a great place to think about any daily classroom habits or traditions that aligns with the school’s vision.
Having a mood check-in chart or a positive thought of the day could go a long way.
Classroom space will be more productive, inviting, and functional if it is set up well. To make this possible for your school, you may wish to check out school.serv.in. We are India’s leading K-12 school consultancy and the only educational services provider with in-house capability to cover the entire spectrum of the K-12 school establishment and management needs.
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