Oh finally the student teaching posts are over! Here's what I think is important where the physical classroom is concerned:
- Energy source Something for students to munch on if they're really needing it.
- Writing surfaces Students need some hard surface to write on.
- Community display This might be a wall or a smart/white/chalk board. It's a place where all kinds of information can be easily displayed for all to see.
- Teacher office space
- Movement space I think it's important to make sure there's plenty of room for people to move around the room.
- Coat rack You know, in case there're rainy coats to be hung.
- Absorbant rugs at entrances Again, rain kind of happens every once in a while here in Oregon. If there are no rugs at the entrances and exits, the floors will be very hazardous.
- Anonymous feedback system I want my students to have a way to let me know what's working for them and what's not working for them. I'd prefer it to be anonymous (not publicly displayed) so that I'm the only one who sees the comments. This is the kind of thing that I'll introduce on day 1 and then only every refer to again to let students know that I'm getting their feedback and making adjustments as necessary.
- Organizational system Things need a place to go. And they ought to be made to exist there. In my life, there is no room for exception to this. And I intend to ensure my classroom is a clean organized space at all times.
- Implication that the classroom extends beyond its physical bounds/connection between the classroom & the not classroom Something like a plant would be nice. Just something to remind students what they're fighting for.
I'm most excited about this list. I've never had my own classroom before and I'm pretty sure about 50% of this list is probably a really bad idea. I just don't know what 50% yet. Only time will tell....