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Uncategorized   |   Dec 10, 2009

December classroom of the month

By Angela Watson

Founder and Writer

December classroom of the month

By Angela Watson


Welcome to Mrs. Kazandjian’s second grade classroom! This is the view from the entrance. She has students’ desks set up in a square so she can easily see each person’s face when they’re in their chairs or seated on the rug.


Going around the room counter-clockwise, you’ll see the corner where Mrs. Kazandjian teaches (word wall, calendar, Mountain Math, etc.).


This is the literacy center where both teacher materials and student-selected materials are stored.


Computer area. The teacher also keeps her overhead projector here when it’s not in use.


Small group reading instruction area and more centers.


Students practice reading using the LeapPads.


Here’s the front of the room. Students on this side of the square of desks are literally inches away from the teacher when she’s teaching–perfect!


Mrs. Kazandjian’s desk is right next to theirs. This makes it easy for her to keep an eye on everything that’s happening in the room (if and when she ever gets to sit!) and also keeps all her teaching materials right up front where they’re needed.

Want to submit your photos for Classroom of the Month? Email them to me! We’d love to see your ideas for arrangement and organization, especially if you have a small classroom or portable that presents a lot of challenges.

Angela Watson

Founder and Writer

Angela created the first version of this site in 2003, when she was a classroom teacher herself. With 11 years of teaching experience and more than a decade of experience as an instructional coach, Angela oversees and contributes regularly to...
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  1. Very nice and inspiring! I really like that all the kids can see each other. Very creative use of space and makes me wish I had a regular shaped classroom, not an odd irregular triangular shaped thing! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I like the desks in a U idea… I have tables instead of desks, but a VERY small room – especially for kindergarten… I might try this next year – as in when I have time to make massive changes over the summer. 🙂

  3. do you know how many students she has it might be easier to do with a smaller class size but maybe not a room of 32

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