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I prefer a u shape so nobody is ever very far from me.

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mcbtcarolina 08-06-2012 06:23 PM

I also do "teams" in groups of 4 or 5. I change the teams throughout the year, so that they have opportunities to work with others. This builds a sense of teamwork.

mamacanteach 07-29-2012 09:30 AM

I like groups of 4 or pairs all facing the same direction. I have also done 2s and 3's facing in a U (Not sure how else to explain that.) Unfortunately we've had tables for the past few years so I don't have any flexibility.

jov 07-28-2012 06:15 PM

I start the year like this with the desks facing the board. I like how I can easily reach any child who needs extra help. If I have more kids, I add desks to the middle column. I hope this little diagram works.

------ S M A R T B O A R D ------

--- A B ---------------------- M N ---
--- C D ---------------------- O P ---
--- E F --------- I J --------- Q R ---
--- G H --------- K L ---------S T ---

The partners work together and we switch seats around (and partners) frequently. For small group discussions, projects, or games, the 1st and 3rd rows turn their chairs around and work with the kids behind them, so kids A-B-C-D work together and M-N-O-P are a group, etc. Halfway through the year, I switch to pods of 4 – 6 desks, when the kids are better at paying attention. I do a lot of group teaching at the desks, rather than on the rug, because my rug area is rather small.

michann00 07-28-2012 02:47 PM

I have tables as well. I do groups with 4-6. I usually change up the seating every month or when I see it needs to be done.
Last year I did have to have students all face the front of the class since I had too many behavior problems. We will did teams, but they weren't facing each other.

ReadingTchr28 07-28-2012 01:00 PM

I'm a big fan of groups. I love the idea of group interaction and it's easy to manage for transitions. I'll go from groups of 3-4 to a group of 5-6. I change seats regularly, I think it's good for kids to learn to work with others. I've tried other arrangements such as small U's I like those best.. if I'm not using a group set up.

multigrade 07-28-2012 12:21 PM

I prefer a u shape so nobody is ever very far from me.

Miller 07-28-2012 12:19 PM

here's what I would do:
set it up in groups, see how the kids interact

usually people revert to traditional "old school" if the kids cannot behave or cooperate with grouping

Evrmoi21 07-28-2012 11:30 AM

in groups of 4 or 5 students together, facing each other to build community and cooperation. I keep this arrangement but change locations of students as needed for the first half or so of the year. Later on, I've done the U shape or 2 long rows of students or even students in pairs as I feel are needed. I do this later on as they are beginning to be ready to learn at their desks, where as in the first part of the year I do the majority of my teaching with the students on the carpet in front of me.

Ms.Lynn1st 07-28-2012 09:37 AM

Hi I'm new to first grade and was wondering how everyone arranges their rooms. I know I am going to have desks instead of tables. I've seen some grades group their desks in fours with students facing each other for collaborative work. I've also seen the traditional face the teacher/board and the U shape arrangement. What works for your classroom and why?

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