What I do. . .
07-23-2010, 06:05 AM
I recently finished my first year in a self-contained K-5 classroom. Not having a lot of experience in this area, I set my classroom up much like I would have set up a general ed. classroom. My classroom set-up changed throughout the year, but this is what I plan to do this year.
sensory room - I have one student who is autistic (high functioning, but non-verbal and has lots of sensory issues). I have created an area for him in a large storage closet. (it sounds bad, but it really is a nice little space for him) In this "room" I have placed a rice table (which I sometimes put moon sand, colored pasta, colored rice, corn. . .into), a shelf with puzzles and sensory materials, a desk and chair, a laptop computer, and beanbag chairs. I am hoping to get money to purchase additional materials for this room. This will be where my student goes when he becomes over-stimulated by our main classroom area and where he will be rewarded with those activities he loves for completing requested tasks.
my office - I am very fortunate to have a small room that serves many functions. In this room, I have my desk, file cabinet and bookshelves with teacher books and such. This is where I do all of my planning as well as the large amount of paperwork that is required. I would highly suggest creating a space that you can retreat to when you need to work on things (even if you need to build a "room" with bookshelves / cabinets) I also use this room for small group and individual instruction. When I pull reading groups, we go to this area to work. My assistants then supervise the other children as they participate in louder activities.
reading nook - I have an area for reading which includes bookshelves with books and my students' book boxes (part of the Daily 5 program). It would be nice to have seating in this area in the form of beanbags (vinyl is better as cloth can spread head lice) or small chairs.
listening center - This area is one of my students' favorite choices. I have a CD player, headphone, and books on tape / CD.
Daily 5/ Cafe board - One of my bulletin boards is rather large and will display my daily 5 choice board and my CAFE board (for reading strategies)
Math board - I will be doing guided math with my students this year, so I plan to have a math board which will include math vocab. and our math meeting materials (calendar, estimation station, show a number different ways, time, money. . .)
Computers - I have a computer that students may use to access various educational websites.
Student Desks - Each of my students have a desk. I have my desks in rows because my students are working on such varied levels.
Paperwork Area - You may want to have a place designated for students to turn in planners, notes, lunch money. . . I have an additional teacher desk in my room that serves this purpose. It also gives my assistants a place to sit and work if they need to (not that they really ever have time).
Table - I have a table for small group work as well as breakfast / parties in our room.
Math Manipulatives / Reading Materials - I would suggest having shelves to store these items where they are available to students.
Student Work Boxes - I have tubs for each child which are stored above the coat rack. In these boxes students store unfinished work and reading / math materials. When I pull small groups / individuals into my office to work, I ask them to bring their box with them. This keeps everything together and saves a lot of time.
I hope this helps. If you have any questions, please feel free to PM me or post them here.