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Dec 21 2011

poll: seating arrangements

How do you arrange your desks, and why?

5 Responses

  1. Bri

    double horse shoe. They feel fellowship with each other. I can walk around easily and they can all see the board. Also because best fits my room.

  2. BallerinaMathematician

    Completely basic and boring: five columns facing the front. There is an aisle dividing it into a front half and back half so I can walk across, and I can walk up and down each aisle. I like this because the students are all facing the front so distractions are limited and I can reach all students quickly. They have a procedure for partnering where the first and third columns slide their desks over, so partner work and collaboration is easy.

  3. Mr. G

    I move mine about every two weeks – first I had them in straight rows. Then in groups of 3 (so they could help each other without always asking me for help), then in groups of 4 (for co-operative learning, but I didn’t like so many student’s having their back to me), then I just pairs scattered across the room so they could help one another but to reduce the temptation to talk. Before I left for break, I put them in a double horseshoe with desks paired together. All in all, I like them in some type of group so they ask one another for help before asking me (and creates more space for me to walk around).

  4. I just switched from vertical rows to groups of four, facing each other. It makes testing awkward since I have to constantly remind kids not to let their eyes wander, but otherwise it’s awesome for collaborative learning, poster-making, keeping each other accountable to taking good notes, etc.

  5. Erin

    It depends on the age group, the subject matter, and the number for me. I like groups, but sometimes it doesn’t work. Rows/columns are very stale, but in some situations you have to use them. I like to be able to get to every student, but I also like to be able to pair them up or put them into groups easily. Honestly, this would take a while to explain, because for me there are too many factors.

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"If one desires to 'stir up the world,' it is easy to be impatient with work for the sake of work. Yet no story's end can forsake its beginning and its middle." -Joshua Wolf Shank on Abraham Lincoln