Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Setting up your classroom - 8 quick ideas you can pin today.



Setting up your classroom, even if you're an experienced teacher, can be fun but overwhelming. Pinning on Pinterest is a great way to pass the time and procrastinate about setting up your room, however, there are some wonderful pins out there to give you ideas - and I've placed a few pins below, 8 to be exact, that cover some of the basics of classroom organisation. 


All of these pins can be found on my Pinterest board Classroom Organisation where you can go to re-pin these ideas or you can click the image to go directly to that pin and re-pin from there.

1. Bulletin Boards

Crafty Morning has some great suggestions for creating bulletin board borders with scraps you might have easy access to at home.

2. Word Walls

Also an essential component of any classroom is a fantastic word wall and Buzzfeed has some exciting photos from classrooms to inspire you.




3. Displaying Student Work



Putting student work on display is essential to create a sense of ownership within the classroom. It's important to give student work some dedicated space to keep your room organised. I love the bright use of colours here by Live Laugh and Learn in Second Grade.

If you're stuck for space try this clever window idea by KB Konnected.



4. Classroom Library


You're going to have to give a small space over to your classroom library. It might contain your own books, a selection of books from the school library or a combination of the two. Either way, an organised classroom is one where everything has a home and Blossoming in First Grade has some great examples on her Instagram account.

5. Desk Arrangements

There are so many different classroom desk arrangements but which one is the most effective? 
Top Notch Teaching has the ideal classroom layout for you.




The Classroom Key has some great little visuals about how to set up your students' desks - always a difficult dilemma at the start of the year...

or perhaps you need your students sitting on the floor - we can organise that as well thanks to Blooming in First!


6. Equipment Storage

In lower school there is a constant issue with the 'right sort of container' for pencils and pens on a shared table (yes Early Years teachers spend time thinking of such things). Controlling My Chaos has some nifty ideas for pen and pencil caddies in shared spaces.


7. Classroom Rules Posters

I've always found it useful to place rules posters in key places around the classroom, at eye level, just to serve as reminder but I really love using this Classroom Rules Pack because with every poster comes with a worksheet so you can explicitly teach each rule with students.


8. Setting up Classroom Jobs

Another way to help students claim ownership of their classroom is to give them Classroom Jobs to do. I usually change the jobs once a week with lower school students and with upper school students I select new monitors once a term. It saves me a lot of stress and helps me keep the classroom organised as well!





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