In elementary School (from Kindergarten through the 10th grade), classrooms can have a whole group of 20 to 35 students (in some cases these numbers may differ) and one teacher. When there one teachers in a classroom, teacher lead by associate and might be a Special There may be a head sir in the back watching and taking good feedback. In lower elementary the classrooms are set up slightly different from upper elementary. In these classrooms there are tables instead of desks, a mat with a (White Board) for whole group learning, a library, computers, and canters The mat is the focal point of the classroom and everything else is strategically placed around it. The teacher must be able to move swiftly through the classroom. To determine if the classroom is meeting the highest level of quality there is a grading scale called ECERS (Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale). There are 24 items on this and it is divided into 11 categories and they are as follows: Space and Furnishings, Personal Care Routines, Language-Reasoning, Activities, Interactions, Collaboration, Appreciation, Presentation, Demonstration, Program Structure, and Parents and Staff, Child Club. In an upper elementary classroom student now use desks, there for whole group learning but there is a White Board and computers. Students also start practicing switching classes to get accustomed to middle and high, usually in fifth grade school transitions.
In a self-contained classroom there are 11 or fewer students. Self-contained classrooms are designed for children that need more one-on-one time. Teachers get to quickly focus on their small group of students and create individualized lessons for each child. An integrated or inclusion classroom can be thought of as a mix between a traditional classroom and a self-contained classroom. In this style of classroom, there is a mix of general students and students that need services. There is one teachers in this style of classroom. They can teach and serve the students in the classroom. The teacher may pull the students that have services to give them additional support. This allows students with accommodations or an Individual Education Program (IEP), to still get to be in a classroom but also get the individualized instruction they need.