Every year, I look forward to setting up my classroom. Starting fresh with clean floors and new bulletin boards just puts a smile on my face!
And then I actually get to my room. Paper is falling off the walls. Furniture is stacked in random places. The desks are physically stuck to the floor. Oh, and it’s about 97 degrees in my room. I have NO idea where to start. I end up turning in circles for a few minutes and then leaving (which is totally not worth it, since I live about 45 mins from my school).
Then I had a lightbulb moment! The planner in me decided to, what else? Plan! I whipped out a graphing notebook and outlined my classroom. I am a person who likes things to be exact, so my classroom map is drawn to scale.
I add in furniture so that I know exactly where I want things to go.
I even plan out what I want on each bulletin board.
This allows me to walk into my classroom with some direction. Yes, I do change some things while I am there, but it’s nice to have a plan to get me started.
If you don’t feel like sketching out your whole room, there are a lot of online tools to help you, such as the Classroom Set-Up by Scholastic. It will make going back to school that much easier for you!
Michele Luck says
Great idea! Our custodians cleaned out our rooms to wax the floor each year, and it would drive me crazy how they just threw things back in the room. I started mapping it all out and taping that to my board, and they set it up for me perfectly! Love this!
Love the advance planning! Another use for this after you've done all the to-scale work would be to add student names and desk locations and slip it into the sub folder!
Jen Sykes says
When I was in a year-round school, I needed to move my classroom several times. I'm always able to visualize the environment better using my classroom map. Great tip!
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Looks good. You may want to add outlets to your drawing. Seems like that determines set-up!
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Mary W says
My classroom setup would have probably gone much smoother if I had mapped it out first. I will keep this in mind for the next time I decide to rearrange. Thank you!
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Bet it feels good to go in with a plan!
Mme Aiello says
Love it! Did you set up the to-scale drawing before the school year was out? I'd never get the dimensions correct if I was doing it from memory! But I can see the appeal of having a plan very clearly defined for sure!
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