I don’t know about you, but I LOVE checking out other teacher’s classrooms I love looking for new arrangement and display ideas and just plain smart ways to use space. As a result, I have photographed my classroom almost every year. It has helped me learn certain set ups that I like. I guess in some ways I am habitual! However, I am always looking for a better arrangement and organization, like it is somewhere *just* over the rainbow!
Around Christmas I got the nesting bug and just “HAD” to rearrange my classroom. It happens EVERY stinkin’ year to me. I never got around to taking pictures because a.) I was lazy and b.) I couldn’t get the room to flow just right.
A few days ago I was talking to my teaching partner about wanting to rearrange, but we had a MILLION things to do. Luckily, she was on board and it was time to rearrange- again! So, bad news is- I never got to document how the room was set up. The good news? I like this way MUCH better! I think this arrangement really shows off the size of the room (it is gloriously large!) and spreads out some of our students that needed more, ahem, space.
I was tired when we finished so the pictures are not the best, but hopefully it is a start. I will try to take some more, really good photographs, in the next few weeks.
This is the view from the door. You can see that we have downsized from 5 group tables to 4 group tables. There are two long tables that run along the front Since students never really learn from their seats (always the carpets) it doesn’t matter if their backs are to the board. This arrangement currently seats 23 students- but we have about 3 that are in desks that are not part of the table arrangements.
Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion settings. She is the owner and creator of Mandy’s Tips for Teachers website (www.mandystipsforteachers.com) and has over 10 years of teaching experience. She is married with two beautiful children.