Improved classroom arrangement description
This is the same classroom, but the furniture and bulletin boards are rearranged in such a manner that it makes it easier for students with visual impairments to interact with other students, view the bulletin boards and student art, and navigate the room in a safer and easier manner.
If one uses the room entrance as a starting point and travels around the perimeter of the room in a counter-clockwise direction:
The entrance to the room is on the south wall in the SE corner. The south wall is lined with windows, and below the windows are bookshelves, a student materials cabinet, and a misc. storage cabinet. A trashcan for student use is in the SW corner. The west wall is lined with two computer tables roughly centered on the wall, with a CCTV on the northern most table. The teacher’s desk is in the NW corner of the room and is angled to face SE. The filing cabinet and waste paper basket are behind the teacher’s desk against the wall. The north wall has a small bulletin board, then a long white board centered on the wall that takes up 2/3 of the length, and then a small bulletin board in the NE corner. Roughly the first half of the east wall is reserved for student art and another large bulletin board, and then a long cabinet of student storage cupboards runs the rest of the length of this wall, back to the entrance of the room.
Twenty-three student desks are in the interior of the room, clustered in six groups (of four desks each) in square configurations, except for one group that has three desks because Emily’s desk is two times the size of the others. In each group (except Emily’s), two desks face directly forward (toward the white board wall), and two desks face each other, but students can easily turn their heads to view the white board wall. The desk groups are in two rows (east to west) and three columns (north to south). Emily’s desk is in the front row, facing forward, in the group that is to most NW. Evan’s desk is also in the front row, in the center cluster, and his desk also faces forward.
The changes in the room include:
- Rearrangement of the student desks – arranged in groups of four and set in rows with straight pathways
- Movement of the computer tables to the west wall
- Movement of the teacher’s desk to the NW corner of the room, angled to face the student desks
- Movement of the teacher’s wastepaper basket and filing cabinet to the back of her desk
- Relocation of the bulletin boards to the north wall, one on each side of the whiteboard
- Relocation of student art/bulletin board to east wall next to student cupboards
- Relocation of the student trashcan to the SW corner of the room