I should be referencing Debbie Diller's "Spaces and Places," but alas, this book was my mentor's, and I realized the teachers here could offer just as good advice (if not better!). I went into see my classroom this afternoon, which was very exciting, considering this will be the first classroom that is all to myself! It's pretty big, but I am unsure as to where to place a few key stations. I teach 5th grade, so we probably won't be doing the crafts you would expect in a primary classroom, but I do want to house basic art supplies (markers, glue, colored pencils, etc.), paper (lined, scrap, construction, etc.), dry erase markers, highlighters, extra/unsharpened pencils, etc. What do you suggest that allows students to easily access these supplies? I do have some empty counter space, and I was debating putting some plastic totes on top filled with the supplies, or getting one of these storage cubes and filling each space with the supplies in a box or tub. Also, my room must have intentionally been a primary room, or some shorter workers must have constructed this room, because everything is of short stature! Our cubby/backpack rack is miniscule (I cannot imagine 22 backpacks hanging on it), and even the cubby spaces seem small. Should I need extra space for backpacks, where should I put them so they are not in the way? I don't like the idea of backpacks being in proximity to students, because they could serve as a distraction, and I am very prone to tripping over them. Continuing the small-ness of things, I feel like my board is SO low on the wall. I might have to sit in a beanbag to write on the board comfortably, lol. This is the only time I am cursing my tall height. Finally, I was given a furniture request form. So far I have the essentials - student desks and chairs, kidney table for my small groups, two bookshelves, and a long table. I am keeping my teacher's desk in my office, since one was provided, and I really don't have much need for it anyhow. Should I request anything else? I am thinking about requesting a round or trap table for centers/stations, but that's all I can think of. For some reason I feel like I need more. (Greedy, greedy!) If I am forgetting anything else, classroom arrangement wise, please chirp in! I'm trying to have a general idea of where I need/want things to go before I go in and put myself to work. Thanks!