In the Zone: 4 Learning Spaces Every Classroom Must Have

2 kids playing with legoA well-organised classroom is a fertile ground for learning. But with so much stuff to arrange, physical layout to consider, and pupils’ unique study skills to prioritise, organising the physical space may not be as simple as it may seem. The key here is to create zones in your classroom. Every well-organised room has these dedicated spaces:

Discovery Zone

This section of your classroom should have all the stuff that fosters creativity and imagination exploration. Some items you can put here are arts and crafts materials, puzzles and board games, encyclopedias and magazines, colouring books, and more. It’s best to put your students’ creative outputs as well, like paper mache animals or colour wheel cardboards. Instil the importance of this classroom zone by zeroing in on a particular concept you want kids to explore.

Supplies Zone

Your class would need a place where you can store your classroom essentials, like pencils, whiteboard markers, scissors, scotch tapes, glues, bond papers, etc. You don’t want these tiny things cluttered on the floors or tables, as these may affect students’ learning and worse, cause injuries. You should have smart, flexible school storage that will let you cut down clutter and promote cleanliness in the room.

News Zone

This is where you put all your updates, from class schedules, holidays, and assignments to school-wide events and community news. This way, your students will be able to check out on-going and upcoming activities and prepare for them accordingly even when you’re not there to remind them. Be creative in decorating bulletin boards. You can update it every month, based on the event/s you’re looking forward to that period.

Community Zone

It’s important to instil the importance of proper and effective social interaction and communication with students early on. So dedicating a physical space for it will make the value of community more real to them. Your community zone will serve as a space where children can ask questions, share different insights, reflect on the perspectives they hear, and address misunderstandings or conflicts. Provide shared seating and an area rug to make the space more comfortable.

Is your classroom well-organised and conducive to learning? Create zones in your space to achieve that.