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Setting Up The Classroom for Success

The classroom environment provides the foundation for all the learning that will take place in the school year.  A pleasant, comfortable location with good organization, friendly interactions, and caring attention gives children their best chance to grow both personally and academically.


Whether this is your first year teaching or homeschooling, or your twentieth, you may find some helpful ideas in the following links


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“Getting to know you” tips for teachers and students


Starting a new schoolyear and meeting a new class group can be a challenge for both students and teachers.  Get off to a good start with these free tips, activities and lesson plan ideas.’s “Getting to Know Your Students


Educational Leadership’s “How to Get to Know Your Students”


UALR’s Getting Acquainted Activities


Sugardoodle’s “Get to Know You Games”


Good’s Friendship Lesson Plans


NAMC’s Friendship as a Theme in the Montessori Classroom


NAMC gives advice on various behavioral problems.


Classroom set-up and dynamics


These two articles present tips and techniques for creating a Montessori classroom, either in a traditional setting


or in your own home.


Bright Hub Education describes some of the components of a positive learning environment.


Teaching with Cents has some cute and clever ideas for do-it-yourself classroom tools and organizers.


Georgette Baker from Cantemos suggests a relaxation exercise for the classroom.


Learning styles


It is always important to remind ourselves that children are individuals with their own learning styles and aptitudes.  When we work with those natural tendencies and abilities, children flourish and growth is fostered.  


For whole body learners, tactile-kinesthetics, and basketball lovers of all learning styles,  Mariaemma from Coaching for Learning Success offers a fun basketball memorization game.


Get off to a fresh, positive and organized start this year, and here’s to great relationships, great personal growth, and great academic progress!


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