Traffic Light Classroom Setup
April 26, 2011
A classroom setup that works for me is what I call the Aisled Traffic Light. I setup students’ desks in two sections, right and left. Each side of the room is arranged with rows of desks, angled toward the front of the class. There are only three or four desks per row. I leave a wide space between each side of the classroom. With this aisle, all students are theoretically at the front of the room! With rows of just three or four deep, no child is at the back the red light as opposed to the green light.
This set-up works for those students who feel compelled to sit at the back of the room! Even though they're at the "back," it still feels like the front. I teach from all aspects of that aisle (pacing) and often stand at the back of the room while discussing the lessons. With a set-up such as this, video and whiteboard work is easier because every child has a clear, unobstructed view.