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Old 05-10-2019, 03:37 PM
 
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K-5 reading specialist with groups including Autism, Behavior Therapy (emotional/mental illness diagnoses), and SPED/LD.

I use my kidney table for most groups, most of the time. I use my rug most for my 1st graders. I prefer the rug for "whole group" comprehension strategy work (my room is tech limited, so I do that on chart paper), and the table for foundational reading skills, guided reading, etc.

One reason I prefer the table is it gives more structure to the physical space. Most of my groups are also 30 minutes and I find that I spend more time dealing with all sorts of nonsense - who is sitting where, who is too close to their neighbor, who has gone from sitting to laying or rolling, who would rather stand, who took someone else's materials, who wants to start looking at materials on the shelf instead of at their work- when the kids are on the floor rather than at the table. This is probably partially because I'm a better manager from the table, and maybe also because some of the classroom teachers don't utilize their rug very often so the kids aren't as used to that = "work", where the kidney table is used throughout the building as a work space.
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