Your classroom is your domain. It is an environment where learning and growing takes place on a daily basis. It should be a place that is inviting to students, stimulating for learning, effective, and practical. One way to be sure that you are providing an optimal art classroom is through planning. A well planned classroom can go along way in making your job as an art teacher a bit smoother. When the art room is cleanly organized and planned, the task of teaching becomes purely about teaching and less about other things such as discipline and cleaning. There are many questions you will need to ask yourself when planning your classroom. A few are listed below.
- Where will your students work?
- How will they work?
- Where and how will lessons be presented/ demonstrated?
- Where will the materials be stored?
- Where will the projects be stored?
- How will the students clean up?
- How will the computers be positioned?
- Is there enough power?
- Can the students escape the room quickly and orderly in case of an emergency?
These are just a few of the critical questions that need to be asked and answered as you design your plans.
It is always a good idea to make a plan of your classroom. Floor plans are easy to draw and can go a long way to creating an effective classroom layout. When you draw a floor plan of your classroom, consider the essential functions of the classroom and provide a place for everything that you will need. Include the dimensions of the furniture that you will using in your classroom, if that information is available. Below you will find a sample floor plan that I created for a ceramics classroom…