Classroom arrangement

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  1. nstructor

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    For those of you who do cooperative learning, how do you have your desks arranged?
     
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    In groups of 4-6.
     
  4. atomic

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    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.
     
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    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).
     
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    AnonyMS-

    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!!!!!!
     
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    Tables, four at each one.

    Right now, for the last week of school, the kids are enjoying having all the tables pushed together.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  11. Rox

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    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.
     
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    That's a great idea. I'm tired of always putting the desks back together after my senior srp(study hall) has moved them.
     
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    I make my kids put the desks back before they can leave.
     

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