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Keep high-traffic areas free of congestion. Areas where many students gather and areas that receive constant use can be sites for distraction and disruption. High-traffic areas include group work areas, pencil sharpener, trash can, water fountain, certain bookshelves, and storage areas, computer stations, student desk, and the teacher’s desk. These areas should be widely separated from each other, have plenty of space, and be easy to get to. 2. Be sure students can be easily seen by the teacher. Careful monitoring of students is a major management task. 3. Keep frequently used teaching materials and students supplies readily accessible. Keeping materials accessible not only minimizes time spent sitting ready and cleaning up, it also helps to avoid distracting slowdowns and books in the lesson flow. 4. Be certain students can easily see the whole-class presentations and displays. When you plan where you and your students will be for whole-class presentations and discussion, be sure that the seating arrangement will allow students to see the overhead projector screen or board without moving their chairs, turning their desk around, or craning their needs. Suggestion for Arranging Your Classroom Wall and Ceiling Space Wall space and bulletin boards provide areas to display student work, instructionally relevant material, decorative items, assignments, rules, schedules, a clock, and other items of interest. Ceiling space can also be used to hang mobiles, decorations, and student work. 1. at the start of school, you should have at least the following displays for walls and boards; a. class rules b. a place for daily assignments or the daily schedule c. some decorative display to catch your students’ interest, such as a bulletin board with a “Welcome Back to School” motif, or a display that includes the name of each child in the room. d. A calendar e. If required, emergency escape routes (usually posted near the door) 2. Other displays that teachers find useful include an example of the correct paper heading and a content-relevant display, such as one highlighting a soon-to-betaught topic. 3. Display may be used to help keep track of your students’ location. 4. You will probably want to cover large bulletin board areas with colored paper, burlap, or other fabric. This paper comes on large rolls and is often kept in the school office or a supply room. 5. Don’t spend too much time decorating your room.
6. If you need ideas for decoration your room or setting up displays, borrow hints from other teachers or look in some other rooms. Floor Space Arranging furniture and equipment so that you can easily observe students from all areas of the room in which you will work. Students should be able to see you, the overhead projector screen, the main board, and other area to be use for the presentations to the whole class. Common problems are a classroom that is too small or that has inadequate or poorly placed board space or electrical outlets. A good starting point for your floor plan is to determine where you will conduct whole class instruction. This area of the room by have room by location of a large board of the overhead projector screen. This area should also have a room for a table or desk where you can place items needed in presentations and an electrical outlet for the projector. Make a scaled drawing of the classroom and templates for various furnishing. ARRANGEMENT OF STUDENT DESK The key for arranging students desk lies in the kinds of activities that will be undertaken in your classroom. If most instruction is whole group , desk should be arranged so that all students can look at the instructional area without having to get out of their seats or having seats or having to sit with their backs to the area. If the majority of your instruction is teacher led, you may prefer to arrange he desk in rows. If students, will work in small groups frequently, you may want to arrange desk in groups with student facing one another. If you arrange desks in groups, decide how many students to include each group. If you have students with physical disability or a hyperactivity disorder, you may hace to consider special seating.