What drives the setup of my room? What inspires the decorations? Why do I do what I do? The simple answer; my students.
I change the room arrangement depending on the activity we are doing. It might be setup in large groups, inner and outer circles, rows (my least favorite because I can’t see all of my students). They way I have it setup in the picture is my go to setup. This setup allows for students to work independently or collaborate in small groups easily. It also works in my room to give extra space for students to move around and for me to move around. I like having the quick access to each student.
As for my room decor, I try to make it useful to the students. The bulletin board is divided in half. One side for my World Geography class and the other for the Interdisciplinary class, and they change with each unit. I also use an alphabetized word wall. Students use this wall as a reference during discussions and writing assignments. Another area of my room is devoted to selfies and blogs. I use the selfies for their ticket out. Students write down their thought for the day and put it on their selfie, then at the end of the week they gather their thoughts from the selfie and blog.
I try hard to keep the room organized and useful for the students. The one area that I have given up on is my area. Every year I set goals to keep my area neat and organized but sadly I have never accomplished that goal. I am afraid to admit that the image below was taken on a clean day for my space.
I would love to experiment with some of the untraditional or new-wave seating and tables that students could use standing. I would also like to bring in stools and lawn chairs for extra seating. What advice would I give someone just starting….. The room should be designed for the students.