Setting up Your Classroom for Students: Tips for Teachers

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Setting up Your Classroom for Students: Tips for Teachers

  1. 1. Setting up your classroom for students: tips for teachers! Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.
  2. 2. Arranging the classroomenvironment, student desks, andwork areas should be done beforestudents arrive for class. Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.
  3. 3. Think of how furniture in your homeis arranged: it should be functionaland aesthetically pleasing.
  4. 4. Classroom environment should matchteaching style! Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.
  5. 5. Traditional classroom with rows used inenvironments with teacher-directedinstruction. Little collaboration betweenstudents in this setting (often more off-taskand behavior challenges with this type ofarrangement) Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.
  6. 6. Horizontal rows are useful when there is amixture of teacher-directed and cooperativelearning activities throughout the day. Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.
  7. 7. Clusters of desks is the best arrangementwhen classroom activities primarily involvestudent-directed and cooperative learningprojects. Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.
  8. 8. Make sure pathways in the classroom aredesigned to avoid congestion and reducedistractions. Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.
  9. 9. You should always be able to see eachstudent, and each student should always beable to see you (without straining)Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.
  10. 10. Classroom &behaviormanagement planneeds to be inplace forclassrooms withhigh amounts ofactive learning &studentcollaboration(easier in thesesettings to socializeand stay off-task)
  11. 11. Teachers need plenty of space to movefreely throughout the room. Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.
  12. 12. When planning,keep in mind thepermanent aspectsof your room(cabinets,technology, exits,sink area,bathroom). Planaccordingly forthese aspects ofyour classroomdesign.
  13. 13. Rooms with smaller space(portable/temporary classrooms forexample) often amplify sound and createmore opportunities for socializing and off taskbehavior. Have an effective plan ready if thisis your classroom setting! Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.
  14. 14. Excessively large rooms tend to have morestudent movement in these environments. Beproactive to reduce the number ofwandering students throughout the day! Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.
  15. 15. Be flexible (and willing to change) whenassigning student desks. Learn the personalityof the class and individual needs of thestudents (some may require seatingadjustments because of 504 or IEPaccommodations) Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.
  16. 16. Above all – have fun ! Remember our goal asteachers: to improve the social andacademic outcomes of all students !!Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.
  17. 17. daigle_ba@mercer.edu Presented by: Brent Daigle, Ph.D.

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