By Teachers, For Teachers
Christmas will be here before you know it, so we asked our readers what their dream classroom would consist of. If you didn’t have to pay for anything and your classroom management budget didn’t exist, with what item or items would you want to supply your classroom? No strings attached and no budget! Here are the top answers, and why we think they would be a great classroom management asset to your space.
Many teachers talked about how much time they spent labeling in their classroom, especially the elementary school teachers. From making labels for student folders to creating labels for field trips, storage cabinets, and take-home binders, teachers are spending a lot of time making and printing labels for their classroom. A high-speed label printer (preferably wireless) would help make the process that much easier.
Long gone are the days when a teacher had to wheel in a television on a cart for their students to watch a movie. In today’s classrooms, teachers want a smart TV where they can stream and project information, use apps and chat with other classrooms right from the comfort of their classroom. Smart TVs are a wonderful asset to the classroom because they make learning more interactive and fun for students.
For years, teachers have noticed how antsy their students get when they have to sit for long periods of time. Today, teachers want and crave alternative seating in their classrooms because they know that it helps their students learn better. Many teachers have asked for sit-and-play balance balls that have legs on the bottom so their students won’t bounce away. They also asked for wobble stools, which look like a Sit-and-Spin that you probably had when you were a child, but are smaller on the bottom. These alternative seats help students get their jitters out while still staying focused on their learning.
Many teachers liked the idea of having a portable iPad projector in their classroom. These devices are more popular than ever, because they allow teachers to move around anywhere they want with it. It’s a great tech tool that allows teachers to plug into their iPad from anywhere and display information to a large group of students.
Teachers spend most of their day standing and teaching, so a standup desk seems like a reasonable request. Desks like the FlexiSpot make it easy for teachers to teach while having the luxury of being at their own desk. Desks like the FlexiSpot are just placed on top of a table or your previous desk.
Teachers also like the idea of having a few standup desks for their students as well. Students can have the choice to sit or stand at a standup desk. Sitting for long periods of time is not good for anyone, so these modes of alternative seating are very much wanted in classrooms all over the country.
Many classrooms across the country have interactive whiteboard in their classrooms, but not nearly enough because many teachers are still asking for them. While you may think of Smart Boards as older technology, they are still very much relevant. Apple TVs are much like a Smart Board because they have the ability to stream, or as Apple likes to call it, “Airplay,” from any IOS device onto a screen. Teachers want the ability to showcase information in a new and innovative way so that all of their students can interact at the same time.
Many classrooms have one iPad or a few tablets for the classroom but not enough for the whole classroom. Teachers want a class set so that every student has one of their own. With a class set, teachers can really take learning up a notch and assign fun apps for homework or for students to create their own iMovie. The options are endless when every student has her own device.
While most teachers opted for mostly practical items for their classroom (even though there wasn’t a budget), some teachers opted for a larger purchase like that of a 3D printer for their classroom. Someday in the very near future, 3D printing will be a huge part of the education system. But, for now, it’s still a dream for many teachers.
We love 3D printing because it allows students to explore objects more closely and students can get really innovative and design, create and print out their creations.
The number one response from teachers was endless amounts of money. We did say no budget, so it makes sense that teachers would want some cash to do as they please, when they please. Many teachers said they wanted the money to buy class sets of iPads and books to stock their library, while other teachers said they wanted the money to purchase big ticket items like Smart TVs, 3D printers, laptops, and standup desks.
What would your dream classroom consist of if you didn’t have a budget and there were no strings attached? Feel free to answer below and let us know what items you would like for your classroom.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds a Master's of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com, as well as a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com and TeachHUB Magazine. You can follow her at Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, or on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators.