Managing a class full of students is one of the biggest challenges faced by teachers. If teachers do not have an effective plan in place, there will not be much opportunity for students to engage in meaningful learning experiences.

It is important to arrange the physical resources to produce a flexible learning environment that meets different learning goals and pedagogical approaches, such as the need for students to work in groups as well as individually. This includes the positioning of tables, desks, computers and equipment. There are a number of factors to consider with regards to the management of the physical learning environment and resources:

Arranging Space and Furniture
Arranging desks and furniture is often a compromise between what a teacher would like and what is possible. It also depends largely on a teacher’s teaching style and the approach being taken. To enable students to collaborate in small groups, organise them around tables or clusters of desks. If you intend on making use of regular whole-group discussions, then make use of a circle or U-shaped desk configuration. In a poorly arranged classroom, students will spend a lot of time waiting – waiting in line, waiting for help and simply waiting to begin.

1] Place & organise computers ... within the classroom so as to support ... learning activities. (KD.5.a)
2] Manage student project-based learning activities in a technology-enhanced environment. (KD.5.b)

60 minutes
Total 3 hours
Technology Literacy