Thursday, September 9, 2010

Designing a Meeting Area and Work Spaces

I hope to post lots of photos here of well designed classrooms where workshop teaching takes place.  I think you need the following things in order to support demonstration teaching, engaged learning, and independent work time with young students.

  • A meeting area with assigned spots for students to sit next to partners.
  • An easel to demonstrate reading and writing.
  • A schedule posted at the meeting area.
  • Tables and other clear work spaces for students to work beside other students.  For management purposes, I tend to think tables of 4 are best, but you may like tables of up to 6 students.
  • A writing center.
  • A place for each student to keep his/her reading like a book baggie in a table bin or a magazine box for each student lined up on a shelf.

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