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3. Avoid chaos when rearranging the room
to change classroom seating arrangements with the minimum of distruption
1. Different classroom layout
to experiment with different arrangements of seats and table/desks
9. Design and purchasing decisions
to get involved in key purchasing / design decisions about classroom and to help make bold, workable, creative decisions
2. Setting up the room for specific activities
to create layouts of seating and desks that facilitate and encourage communication in some common activities
4. Effective seating arrangements
to seat students in ways that are more useful / effective than sequential / random placements
6. Using a limited space
to create space for moving around, making groups, and different classroom arrangement
8. Improving the classroom environment
to make the teaching / learning space a more exciting environment to be in
5. Varying teacher positions
to experiment with various teacher position in the class
7. Sharing classroom
to create good classroom environment even though you have to move from room to room
organising learners in whole-class work : mixed nationalities, language support, differentiated learning, friendships, learning-planned seating
organising random seating
getting students quickly into the right place
1. Classroom layouts
: semi-circle / U, tipped U, 0ne large table, zones, full circle
all sizes of class ;
rectangular, curved rows, arrowhead, diagonal, reverse, no tables, facing, islands, change focus
2. seeing the room from a student's perspective
using the learners' ideas
1. plan for efficient reorganisation room
2. teacher agreements
: allocated wall space, allocated storage space, separate corners, seat-arrangement rotas
specific activities : debates/discussions, social interaction and conversational activities, planning meetings, presentations and oral report backs, role plays and simulations set in office or other buildings, mingling
putting yourself in the students' shoes, dealing with physical and environmental factors, improving the room
different teacher positions, standing or sitting ?
minimum movement variations, use the front of class, make the most of other available spaces, moving the desks
getting involved :
traditional desk and chair - or flaps ?
foldable or stackable ?
rectangular tables or shaped ?
regular furniture mixed styles ?
whiteboard on the end wall or the side wall ?
Bright colours or muted shades ?
wall space or noticeboards ?
shelves or cupboards ?