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Lesson Plans

Re: Room Arrangement

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The Cheevers (lazydog)
Tue, 13 Jul 1999 13:58:07 -0400

I have found that space is a key element with my middle schoolers. I have
three or four to a table and try to seperate the tables apart as much as
possible. This age interacts plenty so I don't worry about whther they see
their friends enough. We cluster in different areas when I introduce a new
unit and each project has a slightly different traffic pattern according to
supplies and water needs. The students have"cubbies" to keep notes and work
in and there are empty cabinets for clay work and sculpture etc. There is
a large table in the middle for discussions and still lifes or project
packets. I also cut out templates of all the tables and fiddled before I
moved the big stuff. The students' tables are arranged around the perimeter
of the class room. There are also several individual deskes towards the
middle of the room for students that have a hard time focusing on their work
and need more structure.
My desk is in a corner as I don't use it much when the students are there.
The solo large sink is in a far corner.
It works.
We have a class resource library and as I share a huge room with two other
teachers we have pooled our computers into a "pod" at the intersection of
our "rooms" which is accessible to all the classes and allows us access to
each other during the day.
-----Original Message-----
>Any location or traffic pattern suggestions??