Eight kinds of research areas it’s best to incorporate into your elementary faculty classroom
Right now we know that many of you are furnishing your classrooms. The aim is to create a learner-centered environment that focuses on our students and their learning needs. The study spaces in the classroom are intentional and each serves a purpose. For example, we want a classroom that builds community. We also want a space that encourages collaboration and creativity. Ultimately, we want learning spaces that support the development of math practices and reading and writing skills.
There are many decisions to be made as teachers prepare to return to school. So many things take place behind the scenes and before the learner arrives. Take a deep breath. We did some of the work for you. If you are new to the teaching profession or are an experienced teacher who wants to change things up a bit, you’ve come to the right place. Here are eight classroom study rooms that you should incorporate into your classroom design. It also doesn’t have to be done all at once. Start with one study room at a time. Your study rooms in the classroom are in progress. Just like your students, they will evolve over the course of the school year.
1. A meeting room in the classroom
The classroom is the learning space where we come together as a class. In this space we build relationships and create a community of learners. We hold our morning meetings in this learning room. In addition, we teach full-group lessons here and share books with our students during the reading time. Many elementary school teachers use a bright and colorful rug to anchor this space. (Here you can find our selection of carpets for classrooms.)
2. A library room in the classroom
When I think of the classroom library, I imagine a room with lots and lots of books, a big rug, cozy pillows, and reading devices! It is a study space in the classroom where students choose books to read, find a comfortable place, and get lost in their books as they become joyful readers. Make sure to channel Barnes and Noble as you build the perfect classroom library for your readers. (Check out all of our classroom library ideas!)
3. A writing center room
The writing center is a welcoming place to support your students’ important writing. Here students will find the writing tools they need to draft and publish texts. For example, using a small table, repurposing a shelf or using part of a counter are perfect places for writing stations. Some of the writing tools that you might want to have at the Writing Center include a wide variety of papers, pens, pencils, markers, staplers, and tape. Be sure to give your students a guided tour of the writing center before writing time. We love independent writers! (Check out our writing center ideas.)
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4. A safe place
The Safe Place, also known as a resting point, is a classroom that students go to when they experience moods of sadness, anger, frustration, anger, and more. Supporting the socio-emotional needs of our students contributes to the success of our students. Students choose to sit in the safe space when they need time to regulate themselves and manage their emotions. In other words, this is a place a student goes when they need a moment to themselves. (Check out everything you need to create a cozy quiet corner.)
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5. A friend and family forum
Building relationships and engaging with students will help them feel seen and valued. The Friends and Family Board is a classroom where you can post pictures of your students’ friends and family, including their pets. For example, this room could be a bulletin board, the inside of the classroom door, a classroom window, or anywhere else. Get creative! Do you have an unusual room in your classroom that you want to make more attractive? It could be the perfect spot or space for your friends and family board. If you’re teaching remotely, it’s a good idea to use Padlet to create a virtual friend and family board.
6. A collaboration space
It’s really important to give students the time and space to collaborate, solve problems, and work with their peers. In this study space in the classroom, you can see small groups working with the teacher or students in groups and partnerships on topics and projects. But this space can look in different ways depending on the purpose. For example, it could be a horseshoe table if the teacher is working with a small group of readers. Alternatively, it could be a place on the floor for the teacher to put together a small math group. On the other hand, another group of learners could identify their own space in the classroom to collaborate on a project. It can also be two stools or cushions that move the students from place to place for partnership work. Most importantly, this is a room where the possibilities are endless!
7. A space of creation
Many classrooms make room for their students to participate in Maker Spaces, Genius Hour, and other passion projects. Setting up a study space in the classroom for creation means students will need large table surfaces or other large areas and a place to store or keep their projects until they get back to work. These are ongoing projects that last longer than a 30-minute block of time. For example, counter areas can be designated as temporary living space for ongoing projects. In addition, the tops of the kubben in the cloakroom are often rooms that no one thinks to use. Therefore, think out-of-the-box in this case! (Check out our ideas for Maker Spaces!)
8. A place for math tools
Classrooms need space and storage to house math tools, and in elementary school students use all kinds of tools. In addition, we would like our young mathematicians to acquire these tools independently. Primary school students use series of numbers, dice, connecting dice, counters, and base ten blocks. Older learners learn using rulers, calculators, 3D shapes, and more. Identify creative spaces and storage options to collect these items. For example, plastic tubs with lids are perfect for storing items in small classrooms, and shelves work well too. When collecting and storing math tools, be sure to think of trolleys that can be moved from room to room. So if students know where to find these items, they can retrieve them on their own and as needed. (Fill your math tools with our most popular math supplies.)