Classroom Setup and Organization
Real teachers share inspiration and creative tips that will help turn your classroom into a unique learning space.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Classroom Setup Strategies
At last, a classroom of your own! Here's how to begin transforming that empty space into a warm and inviting place for your first class.
Expert teacher Angela Bunyi presents six easy recommendations for setting up your classroom.
Only have a few days to set up your classroom? Use these ideas to help prioritize your tasks and organize your time.
By using these suggestions, first-year teachers will be better able to keep ELL and EO students on track.
Develop higher-order thinking with a classroom science center. Includes some science study tools to use in your center.
These five easy science centers will encourage inquiry and scientific thinking in PreK–K students.
Whether today's your first day back or you've been knee deep in lesson planning for weeks, you know that an effective behavior management plan — along with a few key resources — will get your students ready for a busy year filled with literacy.
Find ideas for classroom and library set-up, tips on using the workshop model, and classroom management solutions from one of the star teachers of Top Teaching.
Suggestions for planning a successful classroom layout
Bulletin Boards and Decorations
Encourage and celebrate students' progress in the classroom with these bulletin board ideas, extension activities, tips, and more.
Ideas for sprucing up your class space without breaking the bank.
Create an inviting classroom library that encourages each student to read and get tips on how to build your classroom library.
Margo Southall describes how changing the structure of learning centers dramatically increases students' time on task and learning achievement.
Tips for New Teachers
Quick tips and ideas, checklists, and unit and lesson plans that will help new teachers excel.
Immediate help and advice on setting up your classroom, finding resources, and gearing up for the first day of school.
Step-by-step guidance on creating dynamic areas for independent learning
This easy-to-follow checklist will have first year teachers relaxed and ready for students and parents to arrive!
These helpful checklists and suggestions from real teachers will spark ideas for starting the year right.
Start the new year with back-to-school lesson plans, book lists, printables, and learning activities for all grades.
Setting a theme for the school year helps students feel comfortable and motivated to learn all year.
Teaching is often about moving kids toward independence. Here are some ways to set up your classroom -- from the entryway to the walls -- to achieve this goal.
At the end of the school year, set yourself up for easy start to the next one.
Reduce classroom clutter to save valuable instructional time lost scrambling to find small items like math manipulatives, glue sticks, and extra No. 2 pencils.
Five easy steps to help you organize class materials, class tools, and student work.
I have to really work to keep things where I can find them. I stalk organizational blogs, look into other people's classrooms for ideas, and buy tons of gadgets and sorters. Here is the 12-step program that I invented to keep myself organized.