I teach a combined 5th and 6th grades.
Here is a great video about how to set up a classroom so it is universally designed for all learners. It's really helpful! http://simulator.cte.jhu.edu/simulations/10#!/scene/46
Hope this helps!
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I'm curious how PE teachers, shop teachers, and/or vocational teachers set their environment for learning.
To me, it depends on what you got in the classroom (classroom furntures, overhead projectors or elmos, electric outlets), how big/small the space is for your students and the activities with which they require the space, safety concerns, and/or what you intend to be an "off limit" zone for students for whatever reason if you intend to build one into your classroom.
This is my 2nd year teaching in a career technical school (we don't say vocational anymore). I have a baking lab and a classroom, in a very old building, classrooms completely separate from each other, neither space set up for teaching. Depending on the lesson in lab I'm always moving work benches, very thankful for wheels. If students are working in teams, individually, etc. I make the room work for them and encourage them to understand kitchen flow, which should be the easiest and most efficient way to get the job done with the least amount of energy. "Work smarter not harder" is one montra. In our classroom for complete participation we turn desks to face into a circle. Everyone is equal and their input is important. Circles are a great way to keep them engaged in boring subjects like sanitation and encourages more of a conversation, which is a bacteria lesson in disguise. I'm still trying to figure all this out but I'm happy I found this site for helpful hints and ideas.
I have a new room this year with a promethean board. The board is on the side wall and there is a whiteboard in the front of the room. I am going with desk groups like in the photo you shared so that there is room for the kids to sit the floor in front of both boards. Of course this may all change once I see how my group of first graders are...
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