How to Structure the Classroom

Some students may need to sit closer to the teacher than others.

There are many factors that affect students' ability to learn. One of these factors is the physical structure of the classroom. The way your classroom is set up can have a negative or a positive effect on your students. You can influence your students' learning experience in a positive way if you choose specific ways of structuring your classroom that are more conducive for learning and interacting in healthy ways.

Set up tables, carpeted areas and learning centers for cooperative learning activities.

Set up some desks and learning centers for individual work. Students will benefit from being able to work with others, as well as being able to work alone.

Use color to create the mood in your classroom. If you prefer energy and excitement, use bold colors like orange and bright yellow. If you prefer a calm setting, use calming colors like pastel blues and greens. You may want to use energetic colors in one area of your classroom and calming colors in another.

Post educational materials on the walls in the forms of posters, bulletin boards and pictures. Display student work as well.

Create connections between your classroom and the world outdoors. You can do this by opening the blinds and adding plants to the room. You may even be able to add a class pet or two as well.

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