MATH CLASSROOM IDEAS
Seeing the Classroom from a Student’s Perspective
Hospital-like classrooms with grey walls and white ceiling can make everyone unmotivated to learn.
Can you imagine yourself going one room to another designed as boring as the previous one?
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.”
The only true rule for a creative classroom is that it accommodates a number of 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.
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.
I can recommend two websites to try different seating arrangements for your classroom.
Square Ceiling Tiles
Creating small posters for each square tile is the easiest to start with.
You can use those tiles for as word-walls as well as for the mini-posters to inspire your students.
Below, it is an example of the ceiling transformation. Click here for the prints of square ceiling tiles of the math classrooms. There are sixty-one different tile posters in the file as a pdf document.
Math Classroom Walls & Doors even Floors..
I believe, even in a school, each math classroom has to be different than one another to give the students different mathematics experiences. The rooms can also be designed according to the subjects or grade levels. Each room can mention a different non-curricular math topic to inspire kids to search more to show that math is not limited with their course books. One room can have the list of real life applications of math, another can have a timeline of important mathematical events whereas the other one may have the mathematicians that the students are familiar with. If those displays can be designed by the students, students will definitely develop ownership over the subject and classroom they live everyday.
A timeline of Mathematics created by the students as a project over a year
We all remember using graph papers as our math notebooks instead of blank or lined ones like for the other lessons. Now think of a math classroom whose walls are square and isometric grids as well, I believe this needs to be the normal of a math class.
To be able to have such walls, We printed wall-size Coordinate Plane, Square grids and Isometric grids as like a wall paper and then covered them with a whiteboard paint, so the walls with grids transformed to huge math - specialized whiteboards. With a little trick like this, we re-defined the students learning experience and make the teacher's life far more easier. Since we can use all the walls as the white board, the students can work on those together to eneble us to develop more collaborative tasks to enrich our lesson designs.
You may also realize the floor designs in the photos. There are lots of things in the internet you can print and use as floor stickers, Mr Slope Guy is a good idea to stick on the floor in front of the coordinate plane.
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.