September classroom of the month

September 21, 2009

in classroom photos

Who doesn’t love seeing how other teachers arrange and organize their classrooms? I’m starting a new series here on the blog which features a a photographic tour of a different classroom each month. I’m kicking off the series with some photos I took in my co-worker’s room: Mrs. Robinson’s second grade in Fort Lauderdale. I’ve always loved her organizational prowess and bright, stimulating learning environment. (The fire marshal, however, views things differently.)

The view from Mrs. Robinson’s classroom door.

Love this desk arrangement: it’s great for cooperative learning and shared materials, but still gives the kids plenty of space to work independently.

Classroom library.

Science area. Also, conveniently, the sink and bathroom area.

Here’s where she teaches reading small groups.

More center areas.

Fabulous class-created bulletin board.

Mrs. Robinson does most of her instruction from this chair, with the students sitting at her feet. This kind of proximity control really helps kids stay focused.

And there’s our first tour! If you’d like to have your classroom featured here (and trust me, there are thousands of teachers who would LOVE to see what you do!), email me the pics or a link to your photo stream. You can also view more classroom tours on my website.

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Angela Watson was a classroom teacher for 11 years and has turned her passion for helping other teachers into a career as an educational consultant based in Brooklyn, NY. As founder of Due Season Press and Educational Services, she has published 3 books, launched a blog and webinar series, designs curriculum resources, and conducts seminars in schools around the world. Check out the free teacher resource pages for photos, tips & tricks, activities, printables, and more.

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1 Lauren September 21, 2009 at 9:35 pm

I love this idea!! Thanks for sharing. Being a second year teacher I am alsways looking for a better classroom set up/center ideas!

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2 Anonymous September 28, 2009 at 5:26 pm

No chairs at the desks? Maybe she has a class full of "standers" who don't like to sit and work! Cool classroom!

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3 Angela October 16, 2009 at 9:44 am

@Lauren: Isn't it fun to see other people's classrooms? Everyone has their own unique way of setting things up. So cool.

@Anon: LOL, actually the chairs were gone because this was afterschool and they were stacked up in the corner! However, this teacher does let her kids stand when they want to. :-)

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4 Anonymous October 29, 2009 at 11:31 am

I can't believe how HUGE most American classrooms I see are. My class in Perth (Australia) would be lucky to be half the size of this one and we are about to move into a brand new school with rooms that are even SMALLER !!!
And I would kill for the amount of display space I see – I have 2 bulletin boards in total (each about the size of a door) and rely on wheelie boards and covering windows as well as hanging work from string hung all over my room to display my students' work/charts/etc.
But then… we don't have NCLB, we don't 'teach to the test', there is no such thing as performance pay and we are run by the government rather than a local school board – win some, lose some I guess !
(jmoor@iinet.net.au)

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