Perhaps it's the beginning of the year and you're staring at a blank classroom. Or maybe it's December and you've decided your classroom needs a makeover. Whether you're starting from scratch or making improvements, the resources below will get you thinking about how to design a classroom space that promotes learning and reflects your beliefs as a teacher.
Let’s Get Started!
Begin by reading these blogs, each full of resources for setting up your classroom.
Sometimes seeing other classrooms is the best way to get inspiration. Check out the pictures of the classrooms that won our “Show Off Your Classroom” photo contest. What stands out to you? How do you think what you see reflects the beliefs of the teachers of the classrooms?
When you’re setting up your classroom, think about what’s important to you as a teacher. For David Olio, collaboration is a top priority. Watch how he set up his students’ desks to facilitate productive group work.
“It's important to me that my students develop social and emotional skills. Therefore I set up my classroom with a calm-down area. Students are shown how and when they can use this area. If they're feeling angry, sad, or ill, they may go to this area and there's a booklet to read about how to relax. Inside the blue box is a sand timer to set. They get five minutes to stay there. The box holds things like Play Doh, silly putty, a large band to use for body stretching with your legs. Pencils and crayons for drawing or writing.” — Anna Dearlove, elementary teacher in San Francisco