(Or at least, the one that worked the best for me!)
Yesterday, we shared some of our favorite desk arrangements.
Today, I'm going to share some ways I've tried arranging desk, along with my all-time favorite.
Here are some good options for setting up your student desks:
· U-shaped: arrange desks in a large u-shape, leaving one space open on each side to make moving around the room easier. This creates a great ‘stage area’ in the middle for doing presentations, skits, or a large group activity.
· Groups: this is a more traditional way to arrange desks. It works especially well if you class has a lot of group activities (such as science experiments) that require having a large work surface. If you have the room, put one empty desk in each group that can hold that group’s materials (extra glue sticks, pencils, folders, etc.). Update: or use this great idea I found on Pinterest.
And without further ado, here is my personal favorite:
(I'll pause for your dramatic gasp. Go ahead..... *gasp*)
I know, earth shattering, right? ;)
The desks are set up in four L-shaped groups (see example below…the front of the room is the left side of the screen)
(Have more than 20 kids in your class? Check out this post to show how this arrangement can fit up to 30.)
This arrangement can easily be changed to fit each lesson’s needs. For example: if you need the desks to be in a group, have the two desks that are facing the front of the room ‘fold’ in to face the rest of their group. If you need a U-shape, move the four front desks to the outside of the U. If you need a circle (square) just push those four desk to the front of the room.
This group works well for teacher-led groups, like reading groups. The teacher just had to roll his/her chair to the corner of each ‘L’ and each student was within an arm’s reach.
This worked for me....What works for you?