If you’re new to teaching mathematics or have recently been given a new teaching room this blog is designed to help you in setting up your maths classroom so you have more time to focus on the teaching.
Keeping your board pens within arm’s reach of your whiteboard, being able to check which class you have next at a glance and having students know where the spare paper is kept in case they forget their exercise book are examples of what will all help to create an organised and efficient classroom so you can focus on teaching maths. Here’s an example of how I like to layout my classroom.
I’ve split the classroom up into three main areas: the teacher’s desk, the main whiteboard and the wider classroom area. In addition to these my classroom routine is for bags to go under chairs with jackets hung over the back rest. This way the floor is kept clear for you to walk around the room and talk with the students.
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