Ah, the old desk discussion. What do you do for desk arrangements? Last year was my first with desks, and this is what I experienced: -I started off with rows that had an aisle in the middle. I thought it would curb talking, and then all eyes would be on me. It lasted the first 2 days of school, and I HATED it! My classroom was very cramped, and it just felt weird to me...Almost old-fashioned? Just not my style. -I had a U-shape (more like a rectangle that was missing one side) for about half of the year. I really enjoyed this setup. All students could see the front of the classroom, and they could see each other. What I didn't like was that they could all see each other. This would sometimes cause behavior problems (silly faces, etc.). I also did not like how difficult it was to walk around the classroom. Even though I left openings within the U, it was hard to make your way around. -During spring break, I switched to groups of 4 and 5. I really liked how it looked and felt, and it allowed for such better traffic flow. Their chairs are not attached to the desks, so they could all easily turn see the board. However, I often felt like students were paying more attention to one-another than they were to me. Some students even requested switching back to the U, because they were so annoyed with group mates talking to them. I would really like to do groups throughout the year. I tried to "train" them to sit in groups, but it was still very difficult for many children. We modeled, made anchor charts, etc., but it was still difficult for many children. Any tips or advice for making this type of seating arrangement successful?