Tuesday, July 5, 2011

FREEBIES: How to Set Up Your Classroom


SETTING UP YOUR CLASSROOM
GETTING STARTED

Before you jump into moving furniture and putting up bulletin boards, you really need to develop a plan for your space.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
a camera
a tape measure
a ruler (or something to draw straight lines)
my adorable diagram sheet (see below)

TAKE PICTURES
Stand in the middle of your classroom and take a picture of each wall.
Open up cabinets and closets and take a photo of each of those as well.
Stand in each corner and take a photo of the room from that angle.

These photos will help you plan your space while your outside of the classroom.

CREATE A DIAGRAM
Use the diagram sheet and sketch out each of your walls.
Include bulletin boards, outlets, computer hook-ups.

MEASURE & RECORD
Measure bulletin boards, space between boards, closets, shelves, etc. (basically anything that will play a role in your classroom design.
Record these measurements onto your diagram.

LIST
Make a list of all of the furniture in your classroom,
This includes desks, shelves, easels, etc.
Make a list of all of the district-issued items that you’re required to house (science kits, reading anthologies, etc.

AND...because I appreciate all of you....I've created a free printable to go with this step. You can download it here: Setting Up Your Classroom Planning Sheets


For more ideas and pictures to help organize and manage your classroom, please check out my book: The Clutter-Free Guide to Classroom Organization and Management by clicking here.
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