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Maximize Learning with Positive Behavior Strategies CM1

What’s ahead in this Lesson?

In this lesson, you’ll learn how your teaching style and the ways that you like students to work influences the physical arrangement of your classroom. We’ll discuss setting up special learning zones designed to maximize learning. Just for fun, we’ll focus on ways to add some basic creature comforts to your classroom that you and your students will love! Finally, we’ll show you surefire ways to make your classroom a cooperative community of learners.


A positive learning environment pays off. Teachers want classrooms to be positive places where children are highly engaged, polite and enthusiastic.  Did you know the way in which you set up and run your classroom contributes greatly to this outcome? Take a minute to think about the circumstances in which you are best able to work. Isn’t it easier to do a better job of teaching at a school that’s well-managed and filled with supportive colleagues and administrators? You bet it is! Just like you, students are able to do their job of learning in classrooms that are well-managed and supportive.

Wait a minute—are you thinking about teachers we all know whose classrooms look like centerfolds from teaching magazines yet their students are out of control? Unfortunately, an organized and well-managed classroom doesn’t guarantee that your students will be motivated and well mannered, but it’s a giant step in the right direction!

Identify Your Style

Before physically arranging your classroom, it definitely pays off to take a few minutes to think about the different ways you like to have your students work. In addition to whole class instruction, do you give your students opportunities to work independently, with partners, and in small groups? First, identify the ways in which your students work. Then, you can avoid headaches and arrange the room so it meets the needs of your class.
Here’s what a third grade teacher told us:
“My classroom ran smoothly until it was time for my students to transition from whole class lessons to small group or partner activities. During those transitions, kids had to move their desks and usually spent more time getting set up for the activity than the activity took! I could count on at least two or three students arguing over whose desk went where; and, at least four students who had no idea how to get set up for the next activity. What a hassle! It got to the point where I dreaded partner and small group work so much that I finally stopped doing it.”
Haven’t we all had those exact feelings from time to time? Teachers know students benefit from working independently, with partners and as group members. You probably already provide a balance of learning situations. Let’s take a quick look at the advantages and disadvantages of different learning situations.

Working Independently


  • Fosters self-reliance
  • Builds self-confidence
  • Allows students to work at their own pace
  • Lessons can be tailored to each student


  • Isolates children
  • Cooperation and communication skills not utilized

Working with Others


  • Students work toward group goals
  • Builds leadership skills
  • Develops listening skills
  • Exposes students to the ideas of others
  • Boosts cooperation


  • Some students may not participate fully

Let’s take a look at the ideal physical classroom arrangement to meet your needs!

Physical Classroom Arrangements

It may take some experimentation to find the perfect furniture arrangement for your classroom. You’ll probably make changes from time to time throughout the school year. When you’re ready for a change, give one of these room arrangements a try!

Try This!  Before you start moving furniture, save time by planning your new classroom layout on paper. On the inside of a blank file folder quickly sketch your interior classroom space. Be sure to include the board, door and other classroom features. Write each student’s name on a self-sticking note. Inside the folder, move the names around on this seating chart until you have the students arranged in a workable pattern. Also, make stick-on notes to represent your desk, worktables and other moveable classroom furniture. Reuse the seating chart each time you want to assign students to different seats. During ……

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