Physical Organization and Set-Up of the Classroom
- Individual desks allow students to focus on individual tasks
- Partnered desks allow students to work closely with a partner or to check in with a partner for assistance/feedback during individual work
- Clustered desks or group tables support partner and group work
- A circle or “U” of desks can support class discussions
Foundational Activities for Classroom Climate
- Have students practice different small group roles in different configurations early in the year. Then, for subsequent group work, ask students to identify which roles are needed for the goal of the activity, and offer different combinations of structure and choice for students to select/assign roles (e.g., full choice, random draw, “you can pick your roles today, but think about a role you haven’t had much practice in”)
- Tools like the Google Jamboard app, which store questions to the cloud, can provide helpful resources for creating a DQB
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