Teaching With Intention-Chapter 3

Aloha everyone and welcome to Week 3, Chapter 3 of our book study on Teaching With Intention.

My lovely co-hosts this week are The Learning Chambers and Sassy Savvy Simple Teaching.

Can I just say I loved this chapter which is all about your classroom environment.  

How does your classroom make you feel?  Is it conducive to learning or does it seem off a bit?  What can you do to make your classroom all your own, but also involve students so that they can feel it is a safe and welcoming space. There are some steps that are outlined in the book to help you get started.

Many of us are lucky to have been in the same room for many years and we feel pretty comfortable with our spaces.  However, some teachers are not so lucky.  They may be placed in a classroom only a few days before school starts or even after.  Classrooms may be filled with leftovers from the last teacher.  Don't be afraid to get rid of it!!  I know we all love to hoard those little things that we may someday use, but you need to just pack up anything you don't need and clear the space for what is important to you.

I've been in my classroom for over 10 years and I am always purging what I haven't used.  If it hasn't been used in 3 years, I dump it or give it away.  Once you have a clean slate it's easier to begin the next step.  Debbie suggests stepping outside your classroom and looking in as if it was the first time.
Then answer these questions:

How soon do you head back to school to set up your classroom?  I am guilty of going in 2-3 weeks in advance and arranging my classroom.  I need to play around with the configurations and often I spend hours moving and rearranging to make it functional.  Here is a list of guiding questions that Debbie suggests that can help you to get organized before you even set foot in your classroom.

So now you know what areas you want in your class, it's time to put it into action.  Each year I head back in to my classroom and the furniture is piled up in the middle of the room.

From there I can get a good idea of where I want things to go and slowly start moving everything around.  It's great to map it all out and get a general sense of where everything will be.

I have individual spaces all throughout my classroom.




 Writing Area


I try to label everything I have and have done my best to make it functional.  We can't always have our dream spaces, but we can do our best to make it as close to our visions as possible.

There is a section in the book that Debbie tells you to consider asking a colleague to come into your room and  look around.  Then ask them to think about these questions:

Feel free to answer any of these questions in the comments.  I would love to know what you think.
How do you usually prepare for a new year?  Has this chapter inspired you to reassess your classroom setup?  Make sure to link up and share your thoughts on this chapter.


  1. I used to hate how they piled everything in the middle of the classroom but I've grown to love it because it really lets me see what furniture I have and then think through where it will fit best. It's so fun each year to set up my classroom. Thanks for the classroom diagram freebie! It's so thoughtful and I know it will help me plan my classroom for next year. I had fun hosting with you!!

    The Learning Chambers

  2. I know that the kids in your classroom have fun and smile a lot.

  3. I love how bright, cheerful, and organized your classroom is. Thank you for sharing pictures and the diagram sheet. I will be putting that to good use.

  4. Can you tell me about your iPad center?? Is that just a rack to hold notebooks?? How do you charge them??


Mahalo Nui Loa For Commenting!!

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