Room Organisation - Some Guidelines for the Young Teacher
Sep 21, 2016 Classroom Materials 2308 Views
The way you organise your room (where the boards, screens, desks, your table are) can go a long way to setting up an environment for learning and good discipline. Even if it is not your permanent room, you may be able to negotiate with the "owner" changes to the room that will be more to your liking. At worst, you might rearrange the room for each lesson with the help of a group of students at the start and end of the lesson. Keep the following in mind:
1. You must have clear, easy access to your boards and your table.
2. Arrange the students' desks to suit your teaching style or rearrange them to suit your different teaching strategies.
3. Make sure there is easy access to all desks for all students and for you.
4. Movement around your room should be quick and easy.
5. All desks must have clear uninterrupted views of boards, screens and monitors.
6. You will need desks that allow you to separate 'troublemakers' or those who are easily distracted.
7. The position of the teacher's table needs to suit your main teaching style or strategies. If you use the boards frequently, then it needs to reflect that. A right hander needs the table to be at the left side of the board as you look from the back towards the front of the classroom. This gives the class a clear view of the board as your body does not obstruct it. The reverse is true for left handers.
8. Your table must give you a full view of your class when you are seated working at your desk with individual students. Some teachers find a table at the rear of the room works well, in a discipline sense, for them.
9. Notice boards are better on rear walls where there is room for students to read. Frequently read notices should be on a small notice board near the door.
10. Aisles should be on the sides of the room and down the middle for everyone's ease of movement around the room.
Some final comments:
- Chalk and talk type lessons such as in Maths work better with the traditional rows of desks.
- In lessons where there are lots of discussion as in History and English, desks may be arranged differently, e.g. in a hollow square. This will provide ease of dissemination of information and the exchange of different points of view.