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Devon Beckwith

29 November 2016
TEL 311: Instruction and Management in the Inclusive Classroom
Professor Lovitt
Classroom Layout

Student Descriptions
Ideally, most of my classes will have between 20 and 30 students. This classroom supports up to 31 at a
time, with the possibility of fitting more in if necessary. My goal is to teach 11th grade U.S. history, with
students age ranging from 16 to 17. The ethnic makeup of my ideal classroom does not matter, and varies

based on region of school. I am willing to work in a Title I environment. My classroom is adaptable, and
offers accommodations complaint to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Function levels of my
classroom depends on its status as a Title I school and the geographic location of the school.
Considerations will be made to support individual student differences, including offering different seating
arrangements as needed. The teacher is willing to meet with parents and students in IEP’s as necessary to
determine what makes a healthy, safe, and productive learning atmosphere.
Setting
The physical layout of my classroom is largely inspired by that of the history classes I attended in high
school. There are four rows of desks with chairs accommodating up to 31 students. In case of group
activity, students will be encouraged to work with those around them, be it behind or alongside. On days
where Socratic Seminars are held, the desks can be adjusted accordingly to promote a more interactive
learning environment. There is a walkway along the edge of the classroom for easy access, as well as
down the middle for the teacher to reach the teaching area without having to circumnavigate the
classroom.
Teaching Environment
The teacher desk in this classroom is situated at the back so it is easier to observe the students. There is
also a pedestal in front of the class for the teacher, which provides the perfect vantage point for the
teacher to lead a lecture or discussion with their students. The “runway” in the middle of the classroom is
perfect for monitoring student activity and regulating discussion.
Classroom Rules and Procedures will be posted above the teacher’s desk in the back of the room, and
referred to as necessary to address high and low frequency negative student behaviors.
Procedure

In the front corner of the classroom, there is a table dedicated to providing students with handouts.
Students will be informed of this early in the semester, so it becomes procedural for them to pick up
handouts from the table. On Mondays, students will pick up their warm up sheets from this table, and the
warm up will be displayed on the board or Smart Board at the beginning of each class period.
Next to the exit door, there are several turn-in baskets students may access upon leaving the classroom.
These are color-coded by class period, and designed to promote a secure way of submitting assignments
when leaving class, as well as preventing crowding around the teacher’s desk.
When necessary, students may use laptops in the classroom. These will be stored in a laptop cart near the
front of the room that will be out and open on days that students will be using their computers.
On an open wall in the classroom, there will be a board populated with information about standards,
homework assignments, topics for the day, and other key information. The teacher will update this on a
weekly basis. Students may refer to this for their homework assignments and other info of pertinent
interest.
Decoration
There will be many posters on the walls in this classroom, including the portraits of each of the US
presidents above the white board/Smart Board in front of the class. There will be an American Flag above
the handout table, as well as small copies of the US constitution and the Bill of Rights. In the back of the
classroom, there will be a bulletin board for student projects to be displayed on. Various other posters and
decorations will be placed throughout the classroom at the teacher’s discretion.
There will be a stereo in the back of the room for the teacher to play music on at the beginning of class or
during breaks. This will be behind the teacher’s desk to prevent student interference. There is also a file
cabinet and bookcase behind the teacher’s desk. Students are not allowed in the area behind the teacher’s
desk and will be informed of this at the beginning of the semester and regularly enforced.