I keep student desks in rows quite a bit, and I hate it. Yes, it is organized and maintains classroom discipline. And it is easy to make seating charts for a substitute.
The Core Standards are revising my lessons plans and teaching, so it was time to arrange the desks for a different learning environment. I have been trying to figure out how to put the desks in groups without having half the students facing the back of the room. (Collaborative learning, project work, and peer editing will all benefit from a group arrangement.)
Today, one of my favorite math colleagues (also a former student) showed me her solution. She is a genius. (Though she says she read it on another teaching blog. Yea for teaching blogs!) I swiped her idea, and it is too good not to share!
I have six pods of four desks each. The back two in each pod face the front. The front two desks are turned toward each other and butt up against the back two. They are sitting sideways to the front of the room. Voila! All attention can be on the front of the room when needed, but it will also be easy to work with their group.
I love this new arrangement. Will it work? Time will tell. Stay tuned.
Now, I'm off to figure out how to make seating charts for the pods. (Do you suppose smart young math colleague has figured that out for me, too?!) Yes, she did. See here.
By the way, smart young colleagues blog is over there on my blog list or you can access it here. There are tips on this math blog that would work in any classroom. You won't be sorry you visited.
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