Seeing the Classroom from a Student’s Perspective
The only true rule for a creative classroom is that it accommodates several learning approaches. So the real focus is the flexibility of the class design. Versatile seating options, mobile furniture, and welcoming classroom displays are all coming together to allow for independent, partner, group, and collaborative learning.
According to Cheryn et al. (2014)
“… scientific studies reveal the unexpected importance of a classroom’s symbolic features, such as objects and wall décor, in influencing student learning and achievement in that environment. Symbols inform students whether they are valued learners and belong within the classroom, with far-reaching consequences for students’ educational choices and achievement.”
Here are some tips for a creative classroom design;
Choose furniture that can be easily moved - classroom spaces should be FLEXIBLE, rather than static
Designate different areas of the room to be used for varied learning activities
Decorate with the students’ artwork, poetry, or projects. This helps them to find their place in the class community and to feel ownership over the space.
Two websites to try different seating arrangements for your classroom;
Classroom Architect and Class Set-up Tool
Mathonyms is a webpage that re-writes your entry using mathematical letters.
Polypad Tangram Letters
Letters and Digits made up of tangram pieces on Polypad
And here is another option;
A model clock by Leonardo Da Vinci.
There are many different math clocks around that you can add to your wıshlist or purchase.
Buying an empty clock and creating the clock as a class project can be another option. You can find the lesson plan here.
You can create a math calender as a long term project with students or buy one that provides a math challenge for every day of the year.
Doors to Welcome Students
You can start giving clues about the theme of your classroom with an inspiring door design.
I chose the Movie " Matrix " as a theme of my classroom, whereas another math teacher who is also a famous travel blogger (IG: @nilyesiliyollar) designed her class door with a world map shows the places of the math museums all around the world.
You can use movie posters to decorate the class doors.
Use a world map on the class door to promote the math / science museums or the birth places of famous mathematicians.
Listing the digits of the iconic Pi number on the math class door.
Math memes and cartoons are very popular among students, so why not use them as door decor!
Book Covers can be math class doors as well as the Language Class Doors.
An interactive word-door can replace word walls for math classes.