What does your classroom layout look like?

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  1. teacher_cc

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    Hi, I'm a new teacher. JUst moved my stuff into the classroom today, but have an empty room. I'm trying to figure out where I want to place my desk, library, small group, etc. I'm not sure where to start! What do your classrooms look like? Pics, layouts, anything will help!

    THANKS :)
     
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  3. Ellensmom

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    I usually have my desk in the back of the room or on the side. I don't use it much while I am teaching and I heard one time it's good to be a "guide on the side" . Just a thought. It is really a personal preference, though. You'll find where you like it very soon. You may have to move it a few times a month (or a year) to really decide. Good luck.
     
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    I have pictures of my room that I would be happy to share with you. Click on the links below. Let me know if you have any questions about anything.

    Homework chart: http://i36.tinypic.com/2mwb1xj.jpg
    Library, management, etc.: http://i34.tinypic.com/2u3zbld.jpg
    Board, HW assignments, front: http://i37.tinypic.com/af7g3p.jpg
    Publsihing Chart: http://i35.tinypic.com/sd1jlx.jpg
    Resource center: http://i38.tinypic.com/3127akg.jpg
    Behind my desk: http://i33.tinypic.com/wlvd5i.jpg
    front of room & student desks: http://i34.tinypic.com/2a69so2.jpg
    view from doorway: http://i37.tinypic.com/hvdls0.jpg
     
  5. carolie

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    Some of my room is the way it is just out of necessity. My desk is at the "back" corner of the room because that's where my computer can hook up. I also don't like having it in the front of the room... I like it tucked away in the corner. I used to face it toward the wall, but discovered that I like it facing the room better with my back to the wall.

    My computers are in the same area, back of the room. They're out of the way there and don't distract the kids. I have a work table for meeting kids/parent volunteers floating near the computers.

    My library is at the front corner of the room because that's the only place the shelves will fit, as I have built-in storage on both side walls.

    Last year was the first year in 15 years of teaching that I didn't have my desks in groups (or table groups), which I gave up very reluctantly, but it cut down drastically on the chattiness. My desks were arranged in a chevron shape, with a center aisle, pointing away from me when I sit at the center with my overhead cart or laptop/projector.

    Try to look at all movable furniture as a possible display surface, also: You might be able to use your desk or filing cabinets for magnetic letters/graphing. You can use cabinets for posters, graphs, displays, directions, etc. You can hang student work on window blinds with paper clips (if you don't mind keeping them down), you can hang pocket charts with Velcro over open shelves that don't get used frequently and use them for vocabulary, poems, reading group work, etc.
     
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    One more thing: I discovered I'm a piler, meaning I make piles everywhere I can. So all the surfaces I have in my room (extra work tables, piano, etc.) become places to stack stuff. For that reason I try to make sure I only have necessary furniture in my room that I actually use (for something other than piles).
     
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    would anyone be willing to share the floor plan of their room?
     
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    Wow your room is so nice- very tidy, spacious, and colorful!
     
  10. wrigleyroo

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    classroom dot 4teachers dot org/ (sorry I can't post proper links yet!)

    This is a site where you can do a floorplan of your room.
     
  11. FarFromHome

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    I am planning on changing mine this year. I used to have a kidney shaped table in the front, that I basically used as a desk. But then I ended up with all kinds of papers on it. This year I'm trying my desk in the front corner so I can put my papers on it, and the kidney shaped table in the back so it will be clear for the kids. My computers are also in the back with my file cabinet right beside them.
     
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    mcangel,

    I love your classroom. It looks so organized with LOTS of light. I was wondering where you got those baskets that hang off your table at the resource center and also what do you use them for? Thx.
     
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    This was an awesome sight...very easy to use and no hassels!!! :thanks:
     
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    Hello Mrs.Brown 2007 :)
    Would it be possible for you to post the Facebook pictures once again please ? I went to the link and the pictures were no longer available. Thanks ! New Grade 2 teacher who is working from a small classroom :)
     
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    Book Organization
    Here are some suggestions on organizing your books. When I first arrived in my classroom, the books that were left for me were a huge mess! Here are 3 ways in which I organized my books.

    ***Organize books into colored tubs from the dollar store**
    1. Organize books by author/series. Third grade authors/series of various reading levels could include: Beverly Cleary, Junie B. Jones, "Geronimo Stilton Series," "The Magic Tree House Series,"Roald Dahl, Judy Blume, Patricia Polacco, etc...
    2. Organize books by genre. Identifying the genre of a story is an important part of third grade curriculum.
    3. Organize by reading level.

    Beth Newtingham has wonderful suggestions and pictures for 3rd grade classroom organization
    http://hill.troy.k12.mi.us/staff/bnewingham/myweb3/index.htm
     
  16. CFClassroom

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    My classroom can be seen on my blog. Link below. I use tables instead of desks.
     
  17. Teachings4Me

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    Thanks everyone for sharing! As a new teacher, I appreciate it too!
     

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