Inquiry Project: What is the Best Way to Run my Classroom?

My inquiry project is simply put: “What is the best way to run my classroom?” This will be examined in six areas, each of which will examine how I felt before preinternship and then during/after preinternship

  1. Class layout
  2. Diverse Learners & Behavioral Differences
  3. Classroom Rules
  4. Assessment
  5. Teaching
  6. Summary

I’ve touched on all of these in some of my last posts, and numbers 1 – 5 will link to four blog posts that cover how I felt before going into preinternship and how I feel after. I’ve learned how I want to run my classroom (though it’s very likely to change once internship happens). In this post I will try to summarize all I discovered through-out the semester and the preinternship I had.

Classroom environment & layout, student behaviors and abilities, teaching practices and how/what/why to assess are all linked together. When one improves, they can all improve. At the same time, when one needs improvement, it affects the quality of the others. In a small, cramped, cold, and loud environment students will have trouble paying attention, doing quality work, and being taught. This was why I chose to take a broad subject to inquire instead of a specific.

The biggest thing I’ve learned from my inquiry was to have checks & balanced in how I plan and how to do a proper seating chart. Everything I do as an educator needs to have a good reason why it is happening and a proper way to implement it.


The importance of a good seating plan | TES New Teachers. (n.d.). Retrieved February 26, 2015, from

The Psychology and Pedagogy of Seating Plans. (n.d.). Retrieved February 26, 2015, from

Do Seating Arrangements have an Impact on Student Learning? (n.d.). Retrieved February 26, 2015, from

Seating Arrangements That Promote Positive Academic and Behavioural Outcomes: A Review of Empirical Research. (n.d.). Retrieved February 26, 2015, from

Classroom Seating Charts. (n.d.). Retrieved February 26, 2015, from

Seating plans in seconds & super fast behaviour management. (n.d.). Retrieved February 26, 2015, from