“There’s a final piece to effective planning that almost every teacher already uses. The problem is that teachers sometimes forget they’re using it or use it once per year that then forget to adapt and adjust it . . . the physical environment.”
KEY IDEA: The physical environment and classroom environment should support the specific lesson goal for the day.
- Many school desks are in the same position on the last day of the school year as they were on the first and have not moved once during the school year.
- Make space planning a part of your lesson planning.
- Three paired rows are suggested for easy flow from independent to cooperative work.
- Location of aisles is important; teachers need access to their students.
- Avoid clutter and overstimulation.
- Posted items are best when they focus on useful tools.
- Only post student work that is exemplary and provides a model to other students.
From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)