Since I have such an even split of girls and boys in my class, I was thinking about alternating boy-girl down each of the rows (my rows face inward) for my seating arrangement. I have a really great class, but many of the girls seem to be cliquey; same with the boys. I'd like to split them up, but don't know the dynamics enough yet to know the best move (first week!). Is alternating boy-girl a good idea for 5th grade? Or not? I do have a very shy student who seems to be opening up to one of the sweet young ladies next to her, so I'd hate to split them up. I'm sure there's a way around that though (I have one more girl than boys).