Quiet Critters They live in a soundproof jar & only come out when it's quiet. Loud noises hurt their ears, but whispering is ok They love to sit on students' desks & watch & learn from the students. If the student is too loud, they get moved to the other side of their desk. If they continue to be loud they go back into their jar. At the end of the quiet lesson whoever still has a Quiet Critter on their desk can have points, a sticker or whatever incentives you have in the room.
Teachers desks have a habit of becoming cluttered messes. My aim is to have an organised desk that models my expectations for the students desks. Lets hope I live up to my aim and not fall into cluttered mayhem due to the busyness of teaching.
Classroom layout has such a big impact on the students' experiences and learning in the classroom. Here are some the things I took into consideration when planning my classroom set up, along with the different arrangements and their pros and cons.
Part of the TES Resources SPaG series. To help improve literacy across secondary subjects, this colourful 'desk placemat' can be printed and laminated for students to refer to during written work in any lesson. Topic words can be listed by the teacher before printing or can be added with a dry wipe pen by the student once the place mat has been laminated.