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Posted on February 24, 2013 12:01 am
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Yasar Bodur
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How would you physically arrange your classroom to promote student learning?
If you are asked this question in a job interview for a teaching position: What are some things you should avoid when responding to this question? What might be some important points to stress that would get the interviewer’s attention? How would you respond to this question?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted April 18, 2013 7:24 pm

vyLyba
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Arranging the classroom is a very thorough topic. The layout should begin with the floor, which includes the desks, computers, center areas, and any other furniture in your classroom. These things should be set first because there are things, like computer wiring, that is not easy to move. Once these pieces are set, everything else can be worked around it. The desks should be placed in rows for the first day, because you do not know the dynamics of your students to place them in groups. It is also important to place things like pencil sharpeners, paper, and other supplies that students will need access to in a place that is easy to reach and not in a place that will cause distractions. The flow of the classroom should be set in a way that students will not get into trouble. Computer screens should always be visible to the teacher, and all students should be within the teacher's vision at all times. As far as the walls are concerned, bulletin boards are helpful but should not be overwhelming and distracting. Rules should be posted somewhere in the room, and other important information can be displayed at the teacher's discretion. All of these elements will help the teacher to run an effective classroom.
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Chelsea
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I think this is a good solution. Having an organized and structured setting for the children to learn and thrive in is important. I especially agree with starting the students out in rows, that way you can get to know the dynamics of the classroom before you seat anyone together.
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Solution 2
Posted April 18, 2013 6:42 pm

ehyQyD
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My classroom arrangement of desks will be a living entity, ever changing, and never predictable. I plan to keep in mind student traffic and view of all the students.
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Solution 3
Posted October 16, 2015 6:34 pm

Hudyja
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Make sure that you can always get to every student. I like pods, but it is great for think, pair, share. I also like the double U or half circles with the carpet at the front in the middle.
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Solution 4
Posted February 23, 2015 2:12 am

SeguHu
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I would arrange my classroom in group rows. This makes it easy for student to have their focus on the front of the room, but when it is time for collaboration, student are already in a group and they can turn their desks on their own.
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