I have been pondering an idea this summer and am struggling with the logistics of implementing it, so thought I'd ask for your advice. In my graduate level class on differentiating instruction this summer my instructor often switched up where we were sitting to help us collaborate with different people. When learning which group we were in, we would gather all our belongings, and head to our new table. I would LOVE to have my 2nd graders move flexibly like this without having to rearrange their desks every time. My ultimate goal would be for their desks to remain in one spot, and students move their belongings to their different group, but knowing how chaotic it was when we, as adults, moved like this during my class, I can only imagine what it would be like with 2nd graders! My students do have a small cubby that they could keep some things, but I'm imaging more chaos every time I ask my students to get out their books/pencil boxes/journals/etc... As they all traipse to their cubbies. Additionally, I'm wondering if young students NEED a space to call their own (their own desk). Do any of you have suggestions as to how I could implement flexible grouping with minimal chaos?