Discussion in 'Secondary Education' started by nstructor, May 13, 2011.
May 13, 2011
For those of you who do cooperative learning, how do you have your desks arranged?
May 18, 2011
In groups of 4-6.
May 19, 2011
Desks are groups of 4. For class sizes that allow it, I only let them have three to a group. The fourth desk is for me, and I rotate around to the groups.
May 22, 2011
Groups of 4 b/c my school is pushing Kagan. But I have 36 desks and so 8 are scattered as singles around the perimeter. Which, I was recently told to disband (well, I guess I was told to band! lol).
Have you done Kagan this year? If so, what structures do you like and dislike? I just arranged my room so that they can turn to each other for groups of 4, but they're not going to sit like that except when we're doing a structure!!!!!!
Tables, four at each one.
Right now, for the last week of school, the kids are enjoying having all the tables pushed together.
Jun 13, 2011
all-in-one desks, four per group - all year. Groups were reassigned every 6 weeks or so. Will probably have some groups of 5 next year due to larger classes. Only 24/class this year, up to 30 next year.
I try to keep mine down to 3 in a grouping because 4 just seems to get off task more easily... My kids stay grouped all term.
I plan to group my desks next year, but find my students un-group them. They sit in the standard desk/chair all-in-one but do not have a bar on the left. I arrange them so they can get in and out easily. I am seriously thinking of wire-tying them but want a little more flexibility to move the desks apart for testing etc.
Any suggestions? I know I can just be a bit more clear that I want the desks to stay put, but I'd love to hear any tips that work for you.
Jun 14, 2011
paperheart, I've seen some velcro straps that you could use to strap the legs together. You could then easily pull the straps apart when you needed to.
Jun 15, 2011
That's a great idea. I'm tired of always putting the desks back together after my senior srp(study hall) has moved them.
I make my kids put the desks back before they can leave.