by Connie Cave

Connie Cave's Secondary Education Portfolio

Management and Organization

Classroom Arrangement

My Student Teaching Classroom Floor Plan

My Student Teaching Classroom Floor Plan

The floor plan as you see from the diagram has precious little floor to show.  This was the classroom that I spent most of my time in.  There were a good deal of furnishings in the classroom, so arrangements were pretty much dictated by fit alone.  There were 33 student desks in the room as there were classes numbering up to that number who used the class in the course of a day.  My own 4th hour Civics Class had an enrollment of 32.  Once the book bags were deposited there was very little way to circulate among the student desks.  This was a problem when trying to proctor tests.  There was a full size teacher desk up front as well as one in the far back corner.  In addition to the full sized desk there was a medium sized table, and a small table on which set a wooden podium.  

Behind the teacher's podium was a very nice large blackboard, bulletin boards at either end of the blackboard, a pull down map of the world.  In the front corner nearest the exit was a storage closet. In front of that closet set the map stand and next to that stand was the plug in and location of the overhead projector.  On the other side of the front of the room was the computer and the computer cart and chair. Next to the computer cart was one of three file cabinets, and above the third file cabinet was the TV on a wall mount.

We were able to connect our portable DVD player to the TV when needed and had a VCR unit attached to the wall mount too.  The far side wall was covered by two of the three file cabinets, the radiators, and the windows, most of which were blacked out.   There were two windows available for air. On the exit side wall were more bulletin boards, a small corner table, bookcases in the back behind the second teacher's desk.  There was no space behind the last row of desks as the volume of student desks didn't allow for that.  As the teacher, I was able to walk a little in front of the podium and the table, but walking to the far side of the room was usually impossible. 

The room always seemed crowded with the large classes but felt a lot more open with the smaller collaborative classes which numbered 25 or less. I would have liked more room for student collaboration, but usually the room could be adjusted to meet our basic requirements.

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Classroom Environment

The Front View of My Student Teaching Classroom

The Front View of My Student Teaching Classroom

Here is the picture of the classroom I spent the majority of my day in while student teaching. As you can see, it has the necessities and is wired for computer, internet, and video.  What we don't have a lot of is floor space. 
Here also, is a lovely picture of my collaborating teacher who worked with me in two of my American History Classes.  "Mrs. C" was a wonderful, nurturing teacher, who managed to have enough energy left over to support and mentor me.  Thanks and kudos to "Mrs. C" from  another Mrs. C. 

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