I have had a fair amount of moving in my
career. I have had five classrooms in the eight years I have taught.
Not too bad. I have heard of a whole lot worse! On this page
you will find pictures of my past and current classroom, as well as
information about how I set up my classroom. Please note that I am
by FAR not an expert on this. When I moved everyone commented
about how much crap I had in my trailer! Nice! However, it is
mostly all put away now and is for the most part organized in my
Pictures of My Third Grade Classroom as of September 2009
Pictures of My * NEW* Second Grade Classroom as of
My Classroom as of July 2006-2007
Pictures of My
Classroom in a Trailer 2004-2006
Pictures of My First
How to Set Up A
Pictures of My Third Grade Classroom as of September 2009
I moved from second grade to third grade
voluntarily this school year! I am sorry I never got around to
taking pictures last school year. It was a BUSY one since I as at my
new school and I was overwhelmed. This year I am still overwhelmed but at
least now have pictures! And yes, I did spend some time cleaning
before these pictures were taken. My room was a wreck!
of the Entire Classroom
This isn't the
*best* panoramic view of my classroom, but hopefully it gives
you some ideas. I basically stood at my classroom door
and the moved from left to right in a circle (clockwise) and
took pictures. Some things overlap in the frames or
there may be a gap in space between frames because I am a
crappy photographer :) .
Moving from left
to right you see:
front door and coat hangers. You can also see a peek of
the listening center in the floor with a blue rug.
Picture two: My
amazing storage and counter. You will also see a peek of
all of our book boxes in on the tall brown shelf and the
Picture three: My
back wall with reading information and our meeting area and
Picture four: My
teacher area (shelves only- no teacher desk), cafe menu with
the reading center underneath.
Picture five: The
computers are straight ahead. Part of the classroom
library is to the right against the front wall on the white
shelves. The front door is directly behind my back.
Homework and Agenda
This is the agenda and homework
board. This is right next to the front door. The
homework board is published by
Premier agendas. My school ordered the agendas for
students and this comes with the agendas as a model for
teachers to complete.
The green sheet above the
homework board is the homework calendar. This idea was
created by two fabulous third grade teachers ( Hey Angie and
Heather!). Everyday has a different activity assigned
for the whole month. Our entire grade level then used this for
Each month students are
given a copy of the calendar and staple it into a composition
notebook. All assignments are then complete in the
notebook. This stays in a pocket of their Parent
Communication binder (similar to the STAR binders).
I keep a calendar on
top of the homework board so I can make sure I teach the kids
what they need to be able to do their homework!!!
The agenda is written on the
board in a circle like
HET methods. Next to each icon is the Essential
Question for this lesson. So it is a schedule and EQ
I changed out the shelves I use to
store my books. My cute old blue shelves belong to the
old school I worked at so I had to leave them. I bought some
bulky black wire shelves last year. I sold them because
they took up too much space. These are
cheap white shelves from Wal-Mart. I took the
shelves apart to only use one section so they would fit under
the board. This only took two boxes of shelves so it was
The books are organized the
same. You can read more about how I organize my books
I have my computers arranged in
an "L" shape. The student computers are on the long part
of the L. I keep my laptops, personal mementos and some
paperwork on the short part of the L. You can also see
my ginormous jug o' water. I like to keep hydrated : ).
Underneath the computers are boxes of paper for the copier and
extra notebook paper.
Classroom Library Continued
Next to the computers (you can see
a keyboard in the corner!) I have my collection of
chapter books. I kept these pretreated from my other
books simply because there was not enough room. I spy a couple
of boxes that still need labels! Oopps! Better get
on that! This shelf is back-to-back with the math shelf.
On the other side of the chapter
books shelf I have the math shelf. You can see I am
still introducing games because there are a few empty places
and baskets. I label the baskets with index cards hole punched
and connected with
binder rings. I got these really cheap at Office
Depot. They were not $15.00 when I got them! The
price must have gone up! On top of the shelf are small
white, blue and black baskets. In these are different
word problems type on strips and stapled together for math
journals. Students choose a word problem, tear it off
the strip and glue it in their math journals to solve.
Since the chapter books and math
shelf stick out from the wall they created a sort of
cubby area. This is my reading center. I have a shelf
with book form our current focus (We are comparing and
contrasting Cinderella stories and then will be doing a
character analysis from some of these books). Above the
book shelf is the CAFE menu. You can tell I have taught
a lot! Sheesh! So far I only have two strategies
posted, but I need to add comparing and contrasting- does that
Next to the reading center is
writing center. I took the legs out of the table for two
reasons: 1.) Debbie Miller does this in her book Reading
With Meaning and if I remember correctly she said it help
visually take up less room and I agree. 2.) The 2Sisters talk
about have different spaces and the floor being good for the
kinesthetic workers. Here is my solution. Kids love to
sit on the floor and work. It is the perfect height for them!
I needed a place to put all of
our writing materials and resources but was running out of
room. My solution was to just put the shelf on the
table. The dictionaries are so heavy that that shelf
won't budge at all! And when the kids are standing the
top of the shelf is the perfect height for them to grab paper.
Teacher Area and Storage
I decided this year to get rid of
my teacher desk. I don't think I was supposed to but
somehow managed too! I wanted to do it because I felt too much
of the room belong to me. I feel like the room
should be shared and I had a huge hunk of real estate.
So instead I use these two shelves to store most of my books.
I have three drawers for some of the office supplies I kept
inside of the desks. I put my stackers with paper to use in
class in the top right shelf. The left stacker is
everything that needs to be filed! I need to get on
I have the behavior stick chart
back here and a carpet for a child to cool down if they are
To the left of the photo are my
file cabinets. I store all my crap on top of the short
file cabinet. It is supposed to be neater, but I got tired of
cleaning at this point! My purse is not normally out in
view- I pulled it out because I took the photos right before I
left! In the white large laundry basket in the floor is
all of my big books.
This is my carpet area with my
easel for whole group lessons. I have my pocket chart
which is now mostly used for word sorts. I love the fact
the the entire back wall is bulletin board /cork like
material. I can hang up everything with just push pins!
I did cover the entire back
walls and managed to do so for under $20. If you have
ever bought fabric then you know this is cheap!
Each panel of bulletin board is
one twin sized flat sheet from Wal-Mart. I did not buy the
sheet set, but rather the individual sheets sold separately.
I think I caught them on sale for $3.00 each but normally they
are around $5.00.They are almost the perfect length and width.
I did have to cut off some extra, but not too terribly much.
Behind the easel is a grid like
poster. I got this idea from the 2Sisters. This is our
Expanding Vocabulary chart. When I am doing a read aloud
and come across a good word I think they kids should know but
don't , I add it to this chart. I was better at
the beginning of the year and I need to get back in the habit.
The kids liked it! Then I would ask the kids to
use it in a sentence and then try to use ore than one of the
vocabulary words in a sentence. I need to do this some
more now that I think of it...I will add it to my to do list!
The final idea is that they can use this as a word chart for
What's On Our Walls
Here is a picture of all the
posters and things on the back wall:
This is the class promise we
write in the beginning of he school year. Around the class
promise are the symbols they created to represent themselves.
This is from the Tacky
the Penguin activity at the beginning of the school year.
I got this idea from a teacher
at Brookwood Elementary when I attended a conference there.
Next to the expanding vocabulary poster are these
comprehension strategies. I wanted to show my students
that these strategies are not used in isolation. A good
reader integrates them and used them ALL as they read.
SO I picked four I felt students had the most exposure to.
Then as we are reading our read aloud (Tales o f a Fourth
Grade Nothing) we add to the chart. I partly
model this and now the students are adding to it with some
prompting ("Ohh, I can make an inference here about how
Peter's Mom is feeling..." I don't do it every time I read
aloud, just when there is a long enough amount of time.
I have really enjoyed this and have a great deal of value in
My students and I created this
together when we did the lesson on how to choose a good book.
I got this idea from
Small Group Table
This is the small group meeting
table. I sue this for both reading and math. It is
pretty much my workspace as well. Since I don't have a
desk I use this to spread out. Behind the desk I have a series
of white carts with drawers. The larger bottom drawers
have the majority of our math manipulatives. This way
when I do small group math they are all together. The
smaller drawers on the top right have materials for guided
reading. The smaller drawers on the left have office
supplies for me.
Behind the guided reading table
is this cubby shelf. In each of the drawers/ tubs I have
leveled readers. Our district provides books for each
classroom PLUS a bookroom full of books. I know, we are
very lucky. Each drawer/ tub has different levels and
then I labeled the buckets with a cute, cute font from
Cottontail Graphics linkware section.
On top of the shelf are my
guided reading binders with guided reading lesson plans (ones
by the publishers to match the books, my guided reading plans
I have created, a blue basket of crap that needs to be
transferred into some neat stackers that have been waiting in
my car forever and then tubs of the readers my groups are
working on right now.
The decoding posters on the wall
were printed from a Proteacher
Next to the small group table
there is a tall shelf to store all of out book boxes for Daily
5. Each child has a book box they fill with books of
To the left of the shelf
it s rolling file cabinet that has all my information for
portfolios. Notice is is stacked high with things that
need to be filed!!
Underneath the file cart is a
black crate. This black crate has hanging files for our
Thursday folder information to go home. I had a nifty
(and expensive) literature sorter that I bought at Office Max.
It didn't survive this last move and I didn't want to spend
$50 so I just got a crate instead ; )!
Counter and Sink
The counter area is where
students turn in work to the black stackers. There is
also a basket with supply materials for them. In the
clean paper basket is a pencil sharpener, sharp and dull
pencil jars, a roll of tape, staple- gripper-taker-outer and a
Under the pencil sharpener (my
kids don't really use this one because we have 3 electric ones
I have collected over the years) is our listening center.
There are two baskets of books on tape- listen to me I am free
and stop don't listen to me! I am taken! If kids don't
finish a book during their listening to reading turn they put
it in the stop basket. Only books in the I'm Free basket
can be listening too unless the child is finishing their past
books. So far it is working!
Pictures of My * NEW* Second Grade Classroom
as of September
I have moved down to second grade and I am very
excited! I just got into my room and I am trying to organize
everything! I have so MUCH stuff! I am posting my pictures as
I work through all my "stuff!' The first picture in the box will be
my "before" picture and the second picture will be the "after" picture.
Or at least, before and after for one day. I have actually been in
my room since, but forgot the camera.
Update 9/01/07 The very last pictures are the
most current pictures of my classroom. We have been in school for
three weeks (it is hard to believe) and we are getting settled into our
new room! I have tried to put a picture of the same view below the
original picture so you can compare and contrast the views!
All right! This is the
picture of my door. I tried to take pictures in 360
degree motion to give everyone an idea. You will notice
that to the left of the door I have a counter with cabinets
and a sink (that is out of view of the camera).
Here is an updated picture of the
back counter by our door. It is a little crowded right now!!
On the far right side the Friday Folder boxes. The black
stacker trays are where students turn in work. However,
I have not labeled them, so they are turning in work to the
same basket! I guess I better get on making those labels
this weekend!! On top of the paper towel dispenser are
all my office forms (attendance, counselor forms and clinic
forms). You can also see a peak of the sharp and dull
pencils cans behind the white ice cream basket.
The little aquariums are
tadpoles. We are studying life cycles and a student had
found tadpoles in the lid of his pool. It was perfect
timing!! Here is a close up!
Ok, now if my back is to the door
and I take a right, this is my guided reading area and small
group area. You can also see my desk area starting to
come to life. You will notice I have a table in the picture on
the left. When I came in there had been a mistake when
rearranging furniture. The custodians had accidentally
(directions were not clear) moved 3 extra tables in my room
PLUS I already had an extra storage cabinet, bookcase and
computer table I did not want. The room was FULL!
The second picture on the right is after I rearranged the
picture WITHOUT the extra furniture.
The large sheet of red paper is
the student computer. It is covered to keep dust off it-
but I don't think it is working!!!
I took this picture when I was
standing in our meeting area. you can see our door,
guided reading table with all my materials on the shelf behind
it. To the right is a student computer. Next to
the computer is another shelf of math manipulatives. And
finally next to this shelf is my teacher's desk area.
Here is a close up of the shelf
right next to the door. it contains all of my guided
reading materials. On the tops you see the green, yellow and
red bins which will hold each reading groups books and
materials. Below that are several white stacking
drawers. These drawers hold all kinds of reading and
office materials. Each drawer is labeled so I will actually
remember where to put things back! On the next shelf
down is my boxes for making words, brain phones and bucket of
This is the other shelf behind the
reading table. On the top I keep a small drawer set for
pens and pencils (I also keep the little black turning thing
on my table for pens- I never can find one when I need one so
now I have TONS all over!) I also have MY pencils
sharpener that I only use or the helper of the day when they
sharpen all the dull pencils. he yellow and pink pots
hold the birthday pencils. Students can choose a pencil
from the pot on their birthday.
I keep math manipulatives on
this shelf. There are several white drawer sets labeled
with each kind of manipulative. The math manipulative
labels are on the Getting Organized page. In the little
blue basket on the second shelf I keep erasers for dry erase
boards. The little white shelf next to this has been a
life saver! It is filled with shrunk down class lists!
When ever I need to check something off, I just reach behind
me and they are ready to go! he binders our my anecdotal
note binder and data binder.
This is another shelf of math
manipulatives behind my desk. It is right next to the
reading table. We have so many math manipulatives it
took two shelves to house them all! You can also see the
rolling filing cart i have beside my desk. I use this to
store student portfolios instead of a file box. It is
much easier to file things.
This is a picture of my desk.
you can see it is set up much like years past. The major
difference is that I no longer keep my black stackers on my
desk. I use the black stackers to hold all the copies
and activities for the upcoming week. I now keep it on
the shelf behind my desk so my desk looks cleaner! You can see
it in the picture right above this one.
Here is a view from behind my desk.
This view is from the door to the
center of the room
The table with tons of stuff
piled on it is my small group table! Yikes! You
will notice in the left picture there IS more stuff spread out
than the right picture...right? You can tell, can't
This is the back wall of the
classroom. You will notice some extra furniture and a
file cabinet I needed to move. The table on the right
will be my writing center. This is the first year I have
ever had enough room for a writing table!! Yeah!
Here is a picture of the same view.
It really looks a lot different now! You can see the
writing center and the back half of the meeting area and
This is the pile of junk in the
center of my room. All of this is stuff that needed to
be unpacked!!! I did make a LOT of progress that day.
most of the boxes in the right picture are actually empty.
Somehow in the move I have ended up with a TON of empty
storage baskets and bin. What is up with that?! I
am sure I will find a use for them!
Here is another view of the center
of my room from the door. Now you can actually see the
other side past all the junk!!
This picture really gives you a
good view of the classroom library and the meeting area. You
can see the two painted blue bookshelves and the rolling cart
full of books. I needed even more space so I had to use
my book cart!!! You can also see how the calendar fits in and
the easel area.
Here is the beginnings of my
classroom library area. This area needs A LOT of work.
First, my father has built me another bookshelf to match in
size and shape. I am going to paint both shelves the
same color to unify them. I need to do that in the next
week or two. Then I need to go through all my baskets!
They all got mixed in the move. I also want to get rid
of all the baskets that are not white so they all match!!
Since I already have several extras, this shouldn't cost a
Basically, the entire wall under
my bulletin board will be our classroom library.
Here is a completed picture of my
classroom library and meeting center. You
can see that I painted the book shelves a pales blue and
changed all the baskets to white. I was really please
with how this turned out. I like how the books and
baskets really stand out on the shelves. The small boxes on
top are chapter books in a series. I labeled each individual
book and the students have had a much easier time putting
books away. You can find more about my classroom library
organization on the Classroom
Here you can see my word wall that
is above the classroom library. To the left is my math
calendar bulletin board.
This is the left side of the
library where the calendar is. You can also see where
students store their book boxes on the metal shelf. The white
drawers contain materials for calendar.
The easel is in the classroom
library area (the book shelves are to the right just out of
the picture). I bought this ADORABLE carpet off Ebay for
only $100 with shipping. I got it from Andy's Carpets (I
The pocket chart stand is right
behind the easel so I can roll it out when we need to use it.
It is actually an rolling garment rack from Wal-Mart. It
cost about $15.00. I used shower curtain rings (the cheap
clear ones) to hang the pocket chart. You will notice there
are several rings at the top and also two on the bottom to
make it more sturdy. I have clothes pinned a short vowel
song to the pocket chart so we could all sing it !I have a
sturdy blue on on the back side and the red one is the $9.00
Wal-Mart pocket chart. It is made a bit cheaper, bit it
is working fine on my cheap rack!
Here is the beginnings of our
writing area. You will notice that the shelf on the left
holds paper and it will hold some dictionaries and
thesauruses. On the whit shelf on the table (it is a
shoe rack from Wal-Mart) I have all my boxes of art materials
(markers, crayons, etc.). I actually have changed this
area a little since this picture as well. I take
pictures next time I go as well!
Here is a close up of the organized
writing shelf. It has construction paper organized by
color. This is simply a bankers box I bought forever ago
at Office Max. There are also dictionaries, Spellexes, a
box or rulers, a drawer set of pens and a large box of stamps.
This is our writing table center.
You can see the shelf to the left. On top of the
table is a shoe shelf that holds all of our writing supplies.
On top of the shelf are several stackers of writing paper for
writing workshop. The kids LOVE sitting and working at
This is a close up of the writing
materials All of the materials have labeled boxes
(well, except for the far right two. I am making those
labels this weekend!!) This has made clean up time SO
much easier for my kids!! There are copies of all the
labels on the Getting Organized
Yeah! I took this at the end
of the day to make me feel better! These are ALL empty
boxes I needed to break down and take to the dumpster! This
picture made me feel like I had accomplished a good deal!
This is a picture of the
shelf in the front of the room. This holds some of the
working with words materials, Leap Frog Materials and also on
the bottom are the math tubs. You can see a peek of the
director's chair that I use for read aloud and also as the
Author's Chair during writers workshop.
My Classroom as of July 2006-2007
Update Sept 2006
I have just moved into a
wonderful new classroom. I am really pleased with all the space, an
exterior door and window, sink and bathroom! It will be like heaven
after being in a trailer. This is a work in progress. I am no where
near done- but it will give you some ideas for how the room is arranged! I
am going to try to up load the pictures a little differently so hopefully
this page loads a little faster. Click on the picture to see a larger
version of it.
The bottom picture is the
most recent picture of this area. I took these on Friday and school
starts on Monday! Hard to believe school is starting!
a picture from the doorway facing the left. You can see my
desk area and storage cabinet. Under the white board I have my
writing center/ resources.
picture is of my messy reading area. To the left of the green
bulletin board is my tall cabinet of my teaching resources.
This is all my professional reading, Scholastic Teacher books and
the district's curriculum. Right now the table is littered
The box on the back table is for the
boxes of tissues the students bring in on the first day.
very back wall of my classroom I have a sink with counters (Can you
see it hiding behind all the student chairs?). Right now the
counter has my Friday Folder box, the office stackables to turn work
into, office supplies for the kids (hole puncher, stapler, tape,
extra pencils) and the big green and white box is all of my posters.
I am leaving it there until I go through all my posters and throw
some OUT! To the left you can see my easel which I will use in
reading and writing mini lessons. It is stuffed with posters
and charts we made in class last year so that will need to be
cleaned out as well!
a close up of my desk area. I had it sticking out from the
wall so if I sat at it, it would face the classroom. I changed
it for a few reasons. First of al, it didn't look right.
Second of all, it went against what I believe in the classroom.
I think the students should share the classroom for the year.
If most of the space is mine, I think they will feel like they are
"leasing it" for the year (In the words of Regie Routman!).
Anyways, after that vent, I figure I never actually sit at it, so it
can face the wall. The stackers against the cabinet hold all
my copies and activities for each day of the week. The top
stackers is for *stuff* that teachers collect.
Click here to read more how I organize my desk.
The cart next to the
desk is an old microwave cart my in-laws gave me. The cart
holds all kind of "stuff" and is a great hiding place.
On this cart I keep all the "things" that
seem to clutter up my area. For example, there are student
handbooks and extra Open House packets on top. On the top
shelf I keep a HUGE box of laminated maps we have top have in our
room (but is difficult to store), my won paper cutter and the card
board box has extra file folders.
On the bottom shelf is my pantry of
snacks and the plastic box I use to
store student information and records (similar to portfolios).
my meeting area and class library. It is directly to the left
of the sink. Right now it is a BIG mess because I am trying to
reorganize all the books. I am really worried about the amount
of space because there is no way 20-25 kids will fit here.
Unfortunately, there is no other place in my room so I am stuck with
this. I guess I will have to make it work!
This is the most recent picture of my
meeting area and classroom library. I have hung many of the
posters we created during mini lessons and I have also added the
genre posters from
Beth Newingham's website.
a close up of my library. I have four shelves with book
baskets in them. I am trying to reorganize all the baskets and
create a spreadsheet of all the books that I have. I keep on
forgetting what books I have, and I have bought some doubles!
steamer trunk was from a husbands friend who was about to trash it
and offered it to me. Right now I have nothing stored inside.
I am sure before the year is over I will have something stuck in it!
The yellow thing on top is a school bus rug that will be in the
library. I also have several colorful pillows for kids to
lounge on that go on top of the trunk.
this is definitely a work in progress! This is the shelf right
behind my reading table. On the top left a black, orange and
white magazine files. Each guided reading group will be
assigned a magazine file. All their guided reading books and
guided reading spiral notebooks will be kept in their group's
right of the magazine files is my guided reading bucket. I
have pens, markers,
speedie readies, and my
reading plan book. On the second shelf under the
magazine files is a big blue tub of magnetic letters. I used
them when I did a working with words activity. I need to
organize these- all the magnetic letters are just in baggies!
the white baskets on the right has guided reading stuff: one basket
is for commercial games I bought at
Learning Games, another has my whisper/ brain phones/ sponge
erasers (from the dollar store- it was a package of cheap kitchen
sponges), markers and Making Words activity lessons.
This is a picture of my
class from the front door. It gives a good idea of what the
whole classroom looks like.
I created this
information "bulletin board " to post important information.
It has our class rules, lunch menu, specials rotation and so on.
I simply hot glued the
fabric directly to the cement brick wall and surrounded with
boarder. I then hot glued any information to the fabric!
This is where students
turn in homework and any other assignments. It is a microwave
card with pull out baskets. The top basket contains student
supplies like a stapler, hole punch and tape. The second
basket holds counselor and clinic passes.
This is the front shelf
under the white board. I use it to store all my dictionary and
other writing resources. The shelf on the right is the writing
center students can use to access writing supplies. The pink
crate on the right contains clipboards.
Read more about the
writing center here.
Pictures of My
Classroom in a Trailer 2004-2006
Update: October 2004
I (voluntarily) moved into a
trailer in the middle of the year to allow the new fourth grade teacher a
room in the building (so she wouldn't be isolated). Here are a few
pictures of my small, but new home!
The view from my desk.
My messy desk!
If you would like to read more about my moving
into the trailer and how I stored and organized all my *stuff* into a
small place, click here.
Pictures of My First
This is a diagonal view of my
classroom. I am standing in the doorway and I turned very slightly
to the right. Here you can see all of our tables. Because we
team teach we do not use desks. On the center of the tables are
white buckets. Students put all their materials for each class in
their buckets to transport things from class to class. At the very
back of the classroom you will see my white easel. I conduct mini-lessons
here in front of the easel and students sit in the floor on the tile and
carpet in front of the sink. There are chairs stacked in this area
This is the view of my classroom if
you are standing in the doorway and turn sharply to the right. Here
you can see my computer, the classroom library and just a peak of my
Homeworkopoly board. I have had several people ask questions about
using Homeworkopoly. Check
this site out to
print it and how to use it. Read
how this teacher uses it in her classroom.
This is the view from the
doorway when you look straight ahead. You can see my desk and big
M&M guy. The boxes to the left are the cubbies that hold student
materials since they do not have desks. On the back door you can see
my AR chart to keep up with student's AR points. I have tried many
difference, more cutesy methods but they were too much work. I made
it simple this year, but still kind of stuck with my frog theme.
How to Set Up A Room
I am NOT an expert
at this, but I do have a few suggestions. Hopefully they will be
helpful and you will not spend the eight days I have spent this summer in
my classroom. To be fair, I have done more organizing than setting
up, so it was not spend just putting things up. But it was A LOT of
How long it
takes to set up a classroom varies from person to person and how much
stuff you have. Some can set it up in two days flat. Me, I am
eight or nine days (but as I said above I do more than just set up). Here
are a few things to consider:
1. Consider what areas
are important in your room. For example, for me, I have to have a
whole class meeting area and a classroom library. Those are
important for me. I also want a shelf for my writing
materials. When thinking about the room, I had to carefully
think where I wanted these. I did not want to put the class library
books by the coat hangers because I did not want students to accidentally
put books in their book bags without signing them out. I did not
want the class meeting area by the cubbies because I did not want any
"wandering fingers" to take something out of someone's personal cubby.
Can every student see the
board and/ or overhead from their seat?
Can students get up and turn
in work without disturbing others? (Clear path)
Can students get tissues
without disturbing others? (Clear path)
Can students get materials
without disturbing others? (Clear path)
Can students get up to go to
the bathroom without disturbing others? (Clear path)
Your personal desk area
Plugs and computer internet
drops might determine where computers are
2. If possible try to
figure out your room measurement and size before you actually go in.
Lakeshore has a
great classroom designer that will allow you to create you classroom
on paper and "move" furniture around. This may save your back. But,
if you are like me, you just "guestimate" your classroom dimensions and
then when it is time to arrange, NOTHING fit. Nice. Don't
forget to look for plugs and TV and internet hook up boxes. This
might affect your plan. Here are a couple other sites to use if you
want to plan your classroom layout.
3. Begin moving
furniture. Remember, children need A LOT of room to pull out chairs
from their desks. Don't be fooled! : ) It might look like a lot of
room now, but you might change your thinking when the area is filled with
9 and 10 year olds!
4. Go ahead and put the
backgrounds and boarders up on your bulletin boards. Go ahead and
get this done for two reasons: one it brightens up the room immediately
and two, if you wait too long you may have to move too much furniture,
boxes and other "stuff."
4. After I arrange
furniture, I like to organize things that I KNOW how I want it. For
example, when I moved into my classroom and had a MILLION boxes to unload
(it was so many and so overwhelming), I unpacked my "teacher shelf" first.
This is my shelf of manuals and teacher resources. I knew exactly
how I had this pictured. It was an easy place to start an gave me a
direction to go in. Once I had these big boxes unpacked, I felt on a
"roll." I didn't stand around wondering what to do next!! It
might help to divide your room into "zone." For example my library
would be one zone, the back counter another, the reading table and my desk
another and so on. Then unpack these areas one at a time. Or
even walls of the room. Unpack everything that will be placed on the
front wall. This might keep you form being overwhelmed as well.
5. After you have moved
all your furniture and are SURE it will stay there, you can start putting
up posters. To be honest, I will have VERY little on my walls when the
year starts. I am a big believer in having everything on the walls
meaningful for the kids. I actually want them to USE the stuff up
there! To insure this, we usually make the charts and posters
together as a class. Some things I will have on my walls when the
ABC chart with cursive
Specials Rotation Poster that
I make (art, music, etc)
Lunch Menu Poster
And that is about it. I
will keep thinking about this because I feel I may have missed something.
But my point is, I have very little on the wall. Don't worry- it will fill
If you are looking for
pictures of other classrooms to jump start your ideas make sure to check
out my Classroom Links page. I
have kindergarten to fifth grade classrooms listed here. Almost all
of these have pictures (it was generally the one criteria I looked for to
add the link!!!).
Also, another site with TONS
of pictures of other class rooms is Ms
Powell's site. Click on the classroom tours buttons on the top
All graphics on this page are