Digital Classroom Layout

First Grade Classroom: Digital Classroom Layout
Have you ever planned the arrangement of your room digitally with a Digital Classroom Layout?
Guess what, friends?! I am here today to make your life EASIER!
 Do you spend your first day of pre-planning moving your furniture around trying to figure out what setup is going to work for you? How about if you are a little ADD and get tired of looking at the same thing all year long?
Well… I am pretty much both of those people! But, I have decided that I need to work SMARTER, not harder.

I pulled up my trusty PowerPoint (which I use for everything!) and inserted various shapes to represent my furniture layout. You don’t have to be super specific, just try to get the general ration of measurements when choosing your shapes. Simple rectangles will do just fine for most of your items!
First Grade Classroom: Digital Classroom Layout
Then, I was able to move things around, create different gathering areas, move the desks- all without breaking a sweat! :) I don’t know about you, but I’m all about not sweating at work. I went ahead and added a little color to my pieces to help me visualize.
First Grade Classroom: Digital Classroom Layout
I’m a super visual person so I added labels and as many of my classroom items as I could think of. I wanted to really be able to SEE my classroom without lifting a finger.
First Grade Classroom: Digital Classroom Layout
I think it turned out really well!!
My team decided we would be team-teaching next year, which means I would only be teaching LA/SS, so I really needed to change up my room. I will not be teaching Math, so I am gaining a lot more space to use for a reading/writing focus.
I hope that this idea was helpful to you and that it can save you some time when school starts in August. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below or you can connect with me on  Facebook or Instagram!
What do you think, is this something that could help you when preparing your classroom?
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15 thoughts on “Digital Classroom Layout

  1. Hey Cassie, I love the idea of using powerpoint to create a floor plan for the classroom. I am like you and just usually accept whatever arrangement the custodians put it in. Now I can create a floor plan and email it to the custodians and hope they do it for me?
    Deb at Fabulously First

  2. Tammy,
    Yes my little OCD heart took over when I made that. I'm thinking it really shouldn't make me THAT happy to look at my layout, but alas, it does. :)

  3. This is a fabulous idea! I also wanted to let you know that you are going to LOVE team-teaching in first grade. This will be my third year teaching math/science/ss. My teammate teaches reading and writing. Please let me know if I can help you figure things out. I remember our first year was a learning experience, but now we can't imagine teaching any other way.

    Caitlyn
    caitlynann@gmail.com

  4. Sounds great. Do you have a how to for those of us who are technologically challenged?

  5. And…you can print or save the various layouts so you don’t have to recreate them. Makes adding your layout to a substitute binder easy!

  6. Hey Lauren! I actually don’t have a template for it. I just used PPT and inserted shapes that fit my classroom. Sorry! Thanks for reading though. Good luck! :)

  7. I am glad to know I’m not the only one who uses PPT for EVERYTHING!! Looks good!!

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