Describe the physical aspects of your ideal classroom

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  1. otterpop

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    Having a few chatty boys in my class has gotten me thinking about a layout that I would like in my classroom.

    Ideally...

    I would like a large room with lots of natural light, tables for group work, and several library-style study carrels for quiet work spaces. Some of my kids work well in groups, and some of my kids have a hard time focusing if there's anything going on around them.

    I'd also like a carpet area or comfortable seating area for whole-group lessons, as well as a kidney table to meet with kids in small groups.

    If we're getting fancy... then I'd like alternative seating as well, such as couches and exercise bikes, for a variety of options.

    So, what about you all?
     
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  3. Letsgo

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    Let's see. I teach high school English. I'd love to have a large classroom, with desks for each student facing the front, computers lining the two side walls so I can easily monitor what they are doing, and a back area with some tables for group work and a few comfortable chairs for residing. My ideal classroom would be twice the size of what I have now!
     
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    Sounds like a nice classroom. You said a lot of natural light. While this sounds great, I know that it makes it very difficult to see our SMARTBOARD. This is difficult when showing a video clip or even presenting some information on the board. There is one teacher at her school who gets a ton of natural light in her room and she is not a happy camper as she struggles with her SMARTBOARD.
     
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    I'm in a fairly new construction classroom. I have one full wall of windows that have the blinds inside each window so it just takes a twist of a dial to adjust the amount of light coming thru each window. I have LOTS of closets and some built in bookcases. A Smartboard, document camera, laptop and two desktops. We meet for whole group instruction at the carpet and student desks are arranged in table groups...I rearrange desks every few months. I have several areas in the room where I can confer with kids. There's not much I'd change. :cool:
     
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    After the past four years... my perfect classroom has a mounted LCD projector. Anything else I can live without.
     
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    Haha. You and me both.

    The windows, I should add, would have blinds!
     
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    Just this year, I got a new room. It's HUGE with a mounted LCD projector, LOTS of lighting (and blinds), and TONS of storage. It's pretty darn close to my ideal lab. It will never happen, but I would love to have a kind of comfortable classroom as well, where the labs don't take place, but is a nice comfortable place to just be and work, with carpeting, maybe a couch or two, some bookshelves, and work tables for art or engineering activities.

    After the time I spent in my last classroom though, I'll gladly keep what I have now.
     
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    That sounds so nice! You are lucky!
     
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    For sure! It's a huge improvement from squeezing past student chairs, tripping over things, strange smells, and weird liquids oozing from my floors and heater. Also had huge cockroach problems and a mouse living in there.
     
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    I find it interesting that a few are mentioning couches....I had a colleague who had a couch in her room for years. It took up a lot of space, became stained, created the need for a couch 'schedule', limited the flexibility f other furniture arrangement...it gave me the scheeves....I stay away from upholstery in classrooms!
     
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    I think I'd want some kind of commercial upholstery, something that could be easily cleaned? I don't know what that would be but I'm sure that such things exist.
     
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    Our custodians steam clean the classroom carpets every summer and vacuum them daily. They don't do the same for upholstered furniture brought from home (I think the colleague I mentioned was the last one to have a couch and she retired,as did the couch several years ago!) I'm not really sure that they power clean the 'hard' surfaces. Nothing against the custodians, but with a student population of just over 600, I'm happy my floors and the bathrooms/common areas are cleaned daily.
     
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    Well, I really just want windows and natural light. I'm in my second year in a windowless classroom and it's harder for me this year than it was last year. I am really tired of the flourescents. BUT, we are moving to a brand new campus next year that is currently being built and will fulfill my window dream.

    Other than that, I use flexible seating so - tables of different sizes and heights (preferably on wheels so group arrangements can be changed), different seating options - stools, chairs, hokki stools, beanbags, pillows, maybe some other types (I have most of those seating options now). Whiteboard paint on on the walls (we are getting this next year!) A whole group carpet area to teach mini lessons. Cubbies for student supplies since I use tables instead of desks. A library with LOTS of shelving and books.

    I actually have most of that now, minus the different tables, which we are getting next year. This year I have regular tables that are all the same size.

    About the couch thing - I have a futon in my classroom with a removable cover that can be taken home and machine washed. Works for me. It's also black, so it never looks dirty.
     

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