Setting Up a Secondary ELA Classroom: Ideas for Seating Arrangement, Decor & Displaying Student Work

August 12, 2016

During the school year, your classroom is a second home to you and students. You want it to be functional but also comfortable and welcoming. Middle school and high school English Language Arts teachers discussed their classrooms: seating arrangements, decorations, organization of materials and supplies, and student work displays. Teachers also shared pictures of their classrooms and ones that inspire them. Read through the chat for ideas to implement in your own classroom.
This #2ndaryELA Twitter chat was all about preparing for setting up the classroom. Middle school and high school English Language Arts teachers discussed seating arrangements, classroom decorations, organization of materials, and displaying student work. Teachers also shared pictures of their classrooms and ones that inspire them.

Read through the chat below for ideas on flexible seating options, arranging your desks, decorating, and showcasing evidence of student learning. You'll find ways to keep clutter to a minimum and have student supplies easily accessible. You'll also get to peek inside other teachers' classrooms to see it all in action.

Hope you'll join us next Tuesday August 16th at 8pm EST to talk about learning stations, rotations, and centers. We'd also love for you to join our 2ndaryELA Facebook group (even if you aren't on Twitter). 2ndaryELA is a group of middle and high school English Language Arts teachers looking to share ideas and best practices. This group is an extension of our Twitter chat and a place for collaboration, questions, and encouragement. Feel free to post teaching ideas, success stories, resource links, photos, etc. that will enhance our instruction. 

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