So rather than give you a list of the good, the bad and the ugliest classroom set-up ideas, I thought I would walk you through thinking up your own plans. Be warned. All of these questions may have you thinking that you’ve stumbled across the Riddler’s blog!
Will students have open access to instruments? How will you store and label instruments so this process goes quickly? Some instruments may need to be hidden. How will you do that?
Stupid pencils. Every year I try something a little different and every year I am convinced that nothing works! Lol. I keep a pencil can because students never remember to bring a pencil each time. This works well when getting supplies. The problem? Disappearing pencils. I go through hundreds of pencils a year! How will you handle the pencil problem?
|When I taught computers I added a label with masking tape to remind students to leave the pencil they borrowed from me in the lab.|
Where will students be for most of the learning? Floor, carpet, carpet squares, chairs, risers? How will you optimize this space to keep students on task? Will you use a seating chart?
Space for You
The Rest Area
Some boards I like to leave up all year:
Musicians are Writers -This board actually stays on my wall right above the writing station that stores pencils, paper, folders, crayons, etc... Great cross curricular reminders here.
-One of my goals as a teacher (even an elementary teacher!) is to prep kids to be great adults! How? Well...showing them that a love for music can translate into several job opportunities that are NOT just performance. This great board works K-12.
Quotes About Music -Here's one of the posters below. LOVE them! (and they print pretty good in black and white on my old school copier!).
|One way I organize papers for the week is with days of the week folders,|
Whew! What a list! Hopefully you have a great plan to create a beautiful and functional space for your teaching adventures this year. I look forward to seeing your photos!