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Our babysitter is starting her first year of teaching this week. She’ll be teaching kindergarten at one of our high needs schools. It’s an Open Court (opens in a new window)school, so while most of her curriculum is already prescribed for her, how she arranges her classroom is up to her. And she’s filled with questions!

As a teacher, setting up your classroom is one of the most exciting parts of August! Where should the classroom library go? Where should the teacher desk go? How should the student desks be arranged? In my mind, each decision says something about how the classroom will run and what the teacher values.

For desk arrangements, this site (opens in a new window) and this site (opens in a new window) show various desk arrangements, and the types of learning encouraged from various styles (my classrooms were usually a variation of the horseshoe or the group work plan). Our own article, Classroom Arrangement (opens in a new window), provides guidance about some things to consider when setting up all your furniture.

Also check out our classroom libraries section where you’ll find resources on building a diverse library, labeling the books, and creating a welcoming spot.

We’d love to hear what has worked for you, August is a great month for veteran teachers to share their expertise! What’s your classroom arrangement like?

About the Author

Along with her background as a professor, researcher, writer, and teacher, Joanne Meier is a mom. Join Joanne as she shares her experiences raising her own young readers, and guides parents and teachers on the best practices in reading.

Publication Date
August 12, 2008