Setting Up Your Classroom
First, check with your supervisor and custodian on what the
regulations are in your school about decorations and classroom configuration.
Some principals only allow a certain desk formation. Some principals do not
allow commercial signs and decorations.
The custodial staff will inform you about what their regulations about how to
attach signs and hanging from lights, etc. Also, become familiar with the Fire
Marshall Restrictions in terms of furniture, curtains, decorations, etc.
Visit other classrooms to get an idea how they are set up. Ask if you can
take digital pictures of the areas you really like.
Talk with other teachers to get their suggestions.
Take graph paper and draw the dimensions of your classroom and cut out on
index cards the objects you want to have in your classroom. Or use the following
website: Classroom Architect
Classroom Architect - Outline Your
Classroom Floor Plan
Take digital pictures of your classroom
Physically Setting Up Your Classroom
If you are allowed into your school before the beginning of the school year I
would suggest bringing someone with you to help (check to see if this is
allowed). This is very helpful especially if you plan to move furniture.
For security sake it is wise to have someone with you especially when the
school is not in full session.
Class Set Up Tool
Create a floor plan that flows from your classroom door
Preschool Resources - Setting Up Your Classroom
Reflecting on Classroom
Setup - Voicethread
10 ways to think about your learning space
My Rooms | The Cornerstone
Creating a Cozy Classroom | The Cornerstone
Switch to a communicative set-up
Room Setup - The
School Supply Addict
The Secrets of Your Classroom - What Your Set Up Says About You
Setting up computers in
your classroom or computer lab.
Redesigning Schools links can be found on My
Seating Plan Page
My Classroom Libraries Page
In the CLASSROOM PICTURES on Cybrary Man's
Educational Web Sites
you will find the following pages filled with links to pictures of classrooms: