Many teachers find classroom layout design to be a menial aspect of room management. However, if you look closely, the design of the layout facilitates comfort. And when your students are comfortable, they will find it much easier to learn.
This may seem far-fetched, but the connection is uncanny. As such, it is vital that you invest in classroom layouts and the way you should arrange things. You may find this annoying for the reason that it is an additional task. But you need to keep in mind that you and your students will benefit from it. Here are some of the things you need to keep in mind:
Make room for some storage
Your classroom ought to be utilitarian also. With that, you need to make sure that there are storage spaces inside where students can keep their things or where you can keep your teaching materials. This should not be a problem, as there are many designers and builders of classroom storage.
Keep the seats away from the sun
If your room is positioned adjacent to the area where the sun shines, your students may find it uncomfortable to study with the heat and light (despite the air-conditioner). As such, you need to keep the seats away from the sun. If it is not possible, invest in high-quality window treatments, such as blinds and curtains.
Provide huddle spaces
Your classroom should not just be a room for learning; it should also be a room for socialisation. As such, you should not consume all the space for the seats. Allocate an area for a huddle. These spaces will serve as your students’ areas for meetings and project discussion. Such spaces can even be turned into a mini-lab or mini-library.
These are just some of the things to keep in mind if you want to make your classroom’s layout optimised. Seek the approval of your principal or school administrators to make your plans happen.