Creating an effective classroom layout can be tough. With all the subjects and grade levels, no single layout can cover every classroom need. In fact, creating your own classroom layout will be the best approach to accomplishing this task. We will go over some class layouts to describe what makes them successful in their particular environment.
Note: These layouts are created for you to research. Your classroom will most likely not have the exact dimensions, furniture or resources to build these exact models. These serve as layouts from which you may draw inspiration. All layouts were designed with Classroom Architect from 4teachers.org
Sample Classroom Layouts:
Layout #1: Stations With Conference Table
This layout is focused on smaller groups. With 6 students at a table, this can support 54 students total. However, that class size is slightly unrealistic. Instead, four students can be placed at the 8 surrounding tables, allowing for 32 students. The central table can be used to allow group leaders to check their answers with each other after working in smaller groups. This allows for "conferences" and groups of students to work together at a common goal.
Other uses allow for stations in which students rotate(potentially 6 seats per table) and two computers. In the event that a student does not complete the homework from the previous night, he or she can access a computer for the material missed.
Ideal Grade Level(s)
This layout is great for students of all ages and grades, given the course materials work well for groups. Rotating is optional, but in the elementary level, stations are great for applying previously learned skills.
Layout #2: Traditional Layout with Groups of 2
This layout is focused on students in middle and high school. This layout is great for students to work in pairs, or even move to the left or right to make a group of four students. A smart-TV at the front of the class allows for presentations(may be substituted with projectors, but TVs provide a much sharper image and richer colors). Included are two tables for small lab activities, or for students that need to catch up on missed homework.
This is a very basic classroom layout, but it can still support a flipped classroom easily.
Ideal Grade Level(s)
This layout is great for students in upper level grades. Students will be using desks for their work, but can quickly speak to their partner to check for comprehension or to ask questions.