It’s well documented that students perform better in a learning environment when the physical and spatial elements of their classroom are well managed. Teachers can enhance learning opportunities just by organising the space inside a classroom, as well as eliminating problems that will cause low-level interruptions, and subsequently delays in teaching.
Set Up Different Areas
In order to get the highest levels of productivity, furniture should be arranged so it’s easier to do work. By setting up different sections of the classroom for different functions, it will be easier for students to know what type of work they should be doing.
For example, by making an area only for work, and filling it with tables and chairs, pupils will know what to expect when you focus your teaching there.
Make sure that the chairs are facing the direction that you’re teaching from, and that every student has a clear view of the board. This work area should be away from windows, doors and other distractions, and noise should be kept to a minimum.
Keep Things Clear
High areas of congestion should be kept clear, so the teacher can see everything that’s going on in the classroom. For example, the water fountain, teacher’s desk, bin and pencil sharpener should be dotted around different areas of the class, so not to focus traffic in one place.
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There can be a lot of clutter in the classroom, especially when it comes to student’s coats, backpacks and lunch boxes. By providing the students with their own personal space, you’ll give them a sense of ownership as well as a place to keep tidy. Furthermore, by learning to keep their own space tidy, they can use these skills to keep the rest of the class environment tidy too.
When an item or piece of equipment is used on a daily basis, it seems easier to keep it where you need it instead of where it belongs. By putting back equipment in its rightful place – as soon as you’re finished with it – will free up a lot more space and get rid of some unwanted clutter. Labels are a great way to provide an object with a specific space in the classroom too. Make the labels colourful, or better yet get the students to design their own labels.
Purchase clear, plastic containers so things are able to find if you need them. You can also get your class to bring in old shoe boxes or recognisable storage so they can keep all their work in one place. This will allow the equipment that isn’t used every day to be stored away and things that are used every day kept tidy.
Keeping things organised in the learning space can teach children to keep their own personal items organised at home. Organisation also promotes good time management skills which is always a desired attribute when it comes to describing yourself to a potential employer. If a teacher shows a class that they’re organised, keeping the class tidy will be an underlying theme through all aspects of daily activity.