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Any suggestions on classroom organization?

Feb 4, 2013 7:31pm

My smartboard which I use extensively is on the far right side of my classroom. My classroom is small and includes lockers. I use tables for student seating and have several pieces of furniture in my classroom including two very large cabinets. Since there are no storage facilities in our building I have to keep everything in my room. Any suggestions on ideas?

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    • Feb 10, 2013 11:24am

      We use plastic milk crates to keep students organized. You stack and zip-tie them together for storage cubes. Depending on the height of your Smartboard, you could place underneath. If you have tables around the perimeter of your room, you could store larger items underneath those and place a sheet or fabric on the table to cover.

      • Feb 17, 2013 9:34pm

        Thank you Holly and Lily for your suggestions. I do use chair pockets, although several are ribbed badly at the moment and not useable, I can fix that. The problem is furniture arrangement and placement of the tables where students sit. I have too much furniture for my room and need a room design in that accomadates everything that has to be in there and is efficient and that does not look so cluttered. I realize that there is not much anyone can advise me on without seeing the room and I do very much appreciate your responses. Thank you.

        • Feb 18, 2013 12:35pm

          Hi Katrina,
          I empathize - some of my rooms have had challenging configurations as well! I once observed a teacher with a tiny room and a lot of furniture. The way she handled it was to teach her students several procedures for reconfiguring their desks and tables in different ways for different lessons, based on what type of space they needed. For example: when they moved from math to reading, they moved their desks into pods to make room for everyone on the carpet and to ensure that they had everything set up accordingly for book clubs afterwards.

          This definitely took a lot of practice, but students were able to safely reconfigure the furniture in under 30 seconds by working together.

          • Feb 21, 2013 8:54am

            I have a full looking room too, so I definitely hear you!
            -body break / brain gym in the hallway
            - lit circles or reader's workshop in the library
            - educational assistant or volunteers to take small groups out to work
            - Smartboard lessons saved in the common drive and accessed by the kids on regular computers in a nearby lab for indep work (your licence allows this)
            - tables in the hall just outside my door for indep workers , art, or project groups