Every teacher will find that having an organised classroom is a highly important aspect to be able to teach efficiently. While rules and routines influence students’ behaviour, classroom organisation affects physical elements of the classroom, making it a more productive and safer environment for all users. Most teachers will find that depending on how the classroom is organised can also influence the behaviour of the students. For example, actions as simple as colour coding folders, establishing fixed locations for each activity, labelling storage areas and colour coding each study or play area can have a positive impact on students’ education. While these procedures are simple matters, they nonetheless can be essential components of a smoothly operating classroom.
Aside from the benefits to students, an organised classroom brings a huge help to the teacher. In fact, it can be truthfully said that the first ‘aide’ any teacher has is his or her ability to organise the classroom well. The benefit of a well-organised classroom to the teacher is pretty clear – less time waste and more efficiency. The benefits are:
- Reduction of fatigue
- Improved student-teacher relations
- Improved parent-teacher relations
- Increase in job satisfaction
- Increase in enthusiasm for professional growth
- Increase in student academic progress
First things first, every teacher needs to decide on the classroom layout that will suit them and suit the students. Here are some tips on desk & storage arrangements in a classroom.
- Observe how other teachers have arranged the desk and choose the desk arrangement that suits your needs and goals.
- Arrange the room so you ensure you will have eye contact with all students in the room.
- Arrange the desks in a way that ensures that all of the attention is set on the teacher.
- Ensure that all students can see whiteboards and any other visual tools.
- Do not place the desk in front of the windows as this can be distracting and be difficult for the eye.
- Ensure you know where the high traffic areas are going to be in order to be able to keep them free of congestion.
- Establish where the best area for work and for storage of equipment is going to be. Students should have easy access to material they need to use within lessons.
- Students must be able to find their work easily and quickly to promote learning.
- Label or colour code the storage areas, folders and equipment to ensure both you and the student find things easily.
The way a teacher organises the classroom is extremely important. Whenever they get time to decorate or organise the classroom environment, they ensure improved quality of learning for their students.
At Springfield, we offer a comprehensive design and planning service to help you and your children get the most out of your learning environment. For advice, recommendations and a free no obligation quote, give us a call on 0117 972 9320.