Just curious about how other 4th grade teachers arrange their students desk throughout the year. How many students do you normally have? How do you arrange the desk when the school year starts? What seating arrangements work best for you? Why? Do you have timeout desk in your room? How many? *side note: I will have 26 students

I have 14 - 18 students each year. (I know) I place my desks in groups of 4. I do alot of group activities and partner activities. This arrangement works for both of those. I use a paint pen to number the desks in each group 1-4. That way I can say "ones, come get papers for your group" or "odds on this team, evens on this team" or "start with the ones when you start your book club discussion". It works really well.

I know I'm not 4th grade but, here's what i do. I start out the year in slanted rows, like a flock of ducks. After about a month we go to groups but I prefer to start out where they aren't facing each other, it cuts down on distractions at the beginning of the year. BTW I have 25-28

I have done both a horseshoe shape and groups at the beginning of the year. I think the years I have done a horseshoe shape at the beginning, it has been better. The number of students I have had every year has varied. 1st year- 18 2nd year- 14 3rd year- 21 4th year- 21 5th year- 20 6th year- 21 This year- I think as many as 24. Maybe around 22. Not sure.

I usually try to sit them in groups of 4. This really helps when doing Kagan activities. Unfortunately, this year, I will have about 24 students. Sitting them in groups of 4 will not allow for much walking space. Instead, I will have them in groups of 6 or 7 in any angle I can fit the groups in my room.

I have about 18-20 each year and I do the horseshoe or an E shape. This way I can walk in and out and around. I like the horseshoe, so everyone can see everyone else while speaking.

I had 26 last year. I had them in groups of 4 (2 had groups of 5) I was going to post a picture, but I'm at school and EVERY picture site is blocked up here. lol So I am attaching the image.

I leave the middle open, when I do whole group instruction we get down on the floor and sit in a large circle.

Thanks I like the horseshoe, E-shape and Grouping ideas. I think I may try the E-shape to start and then once I get to know the students throughout the first week or two I will move them into groups.

Starting layout- from Fred Jones for 27 students, color coded to show grouping for collaborative work. the space in the front is for overhead projector table

I like both of these ideas! I never thought of numbering the desks. It makes total sense to have them not facing each other in the beginning of the year. Then everyone can see during reviews from the previous year, as well as not having as many distractions.

Me too! I'm expected to have 27 students, but I'm planning for 30. We use tables at my school instead of desks, so I'm going to place them in any angle I can fit them!

I had 32 students last year and will this year also. I have two person tables. I've used groups of 4, long rows of tables facing each other, modified E. With so many kids, the options are few. Basically, traffic flow becomes most important. Could be worse, I had 37 students for the first 4 weeks until they were overflowed out. My horseshoe table was regular seating during that time!

1st year - 16 2nd year - 18 this year - 20 i usually start out in groups, i also do a lot of group work and partner work. however during more intense "test prep time" form like February - April, i like doing pairs. i have 2 rows of pairs going right down the room. it really works out well.