Diagram of Desired Classroom
This photo shows a 40 foot by 20 foot diagram (each square is one square foot) of how I would like to have my classroom set up. There are 30 desks for students to sit at, and each of these desks can be easily moved so that students can work in pairs or in small groups without any trouble. In front of the students' desks are multiple white boards and smart boards that can be written on, as well as some white boards on both sides of the classroom for more space to write on. There is also a ceiling projector near the middle of the room so that things can be projected onto a smart board for all of the students to see. There are multiple shelves for textbooks and all kinds of other books that students are encouraged to read if they have nothing to do. There are multiple storage areas to store whatever resources may be needed while teaching. Note that all of the shelves and storage spaces are out of the way so that they do not interfere with students' learning. There is a space, or a cart, to store laptops that students will use throughout the semester. There is also a table in the back of the room where students who do not have any classwork to do can work on things, either by themselves or in small groups; this table can also be used as a place to send students who are causing trouble during a lesson and need to sit by themselves for a while. Behind the teacher's desk there is a clothes stand to put coats and such on; and next to this is a computer that students can hop on and use quickly with my permission, as opposed to pulling out a laptop which will take time to get out and get going. In front of the door is a carpet to catch dirt that does not need to be pulled into the room. Finally, my teacher's desk is right next to the door so that if I am at my desk I can quickly and easily talk to anyone who want to talk to me. On this desk there will also be "in" and "out" trays for students to put work and pick up work as they enter or exit the classroom. There is also a computer on an adjoining table that I can do work on. Note that, while working on the computer, the teacher will be facing the open class so that I will be able to see what my students are doing with relative ease, in the event that I am working on my computer while students are taking a test or something. It should be noted that all of this is important to consider since the classroom setup will help to encourage or discourage various kinks of behavior in the classroom, as well as changing the general feel of the classroom environment.
Reflection of Class Management Book Summary
The summary, below, of a classroom management book that I read in my EDUC 240: Literacy and Learning in the Diverse Classroom class summarizes some of the most important points made in that book. This is important to consider for Structuring the Classroom Environment because the classroom environment consists of far more than just how a classroom is physically organized. Creating a good classroom environment also consists of creating an environment where students feel safe, know what the classroom rules and procedures are, are satisfied with the classroom rules and procedures, and have a healthy respect for the teacher, other students and themselves. This artifact is important because it shows that I have a good level of knowledge that is important for being able to accomplish these important goals.