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Our most recent webinar focused on how to organize your classroom, including tips for setting up the day, organizing the space, and creating classroom centers.  We invite you to watch the webinar, if you missed it, and explore the Active Learning Space site to learn more!

Center-Based Classrooms

One approach to setting up a classroom is to organize it into centers.  TSBVI teacher Suzanne Becker explains why she adopted a center-based approach:  "I’ve structured the classroom into distinct learning environments or centers differentiated from one another by themes, the materials stored there, the seating arrangements (tables/chairs, couches, beanbags, rugs), and the physical landmarks dividing them. This organization has helped my students make associations between the centers and the interactions, activities, materials and sensory experiences that occur in each."

Organizing Your Classroom or Home

One of the big challenges of Active Learning can be to set up the space, whether that be at home or in a school.  There is often a lot of large equipment that needs to be housed and it can be difficult to organize everything, while also promoting an Active Learning approach.


Classroom Environments

Most public school classrooms do not have the luxury of space that is seen at Penrickton Center for Blind Children or at Narbethong State Special School in Australia.  Try these tips:
  • Try to keep the most useful equipment for that child in the environment the child is in most often, such as his/her classroom.
  • Putting one eye hook in the ceiling of a classroom, or putting one support structure in the classroom that can hold eye hooks will help provide access to mobility activities/equipment.
  • Improve access in a designated therapy room to house some of the bulkier pieces of equipment and take the child to that room multiple times during the day.
  • Store equipment in the hallways or share equipment between classrooms.
  • Make use of vertical space as much as horizontal space.
Read more about Classroom Environments


Penrickton has some great ideas for organizing space.  We especially love the way they organize their Little Room lids in individual cubbies!

Cubbies for Little Room lids      Storage bins with labels

Ideas to Try at Home

It can be especially hard to implement Active Learning ideas at home and one parent shared an organizational system that she set up at home.

                                Home storage for Active Learning materials
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Join us for our next Active Learning webinar!

Our next webinar will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 and will focus on perceptualizing aids.  Find out what the major pieces of equipment are and how to use them effectively.
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The webinar is free, but you must register ahead of time.  It will be recorded and available on our website.  It will be held at the following times: 

4:00-5:00 -- Eastern
3:00-4:00 -- Central
2:00-3:00 -- Mountain
1:00-2:00 -- Pacific

This training event has been approved by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) and the State Board for Educator Certification based on the actual hours of the presentation not including breaks.

Looking for training events? 
There is a lot coming up this summer, from Austin to Boston! 
We hope you'll join us.
See the full list of training events.
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