In a lot of classes I have subbed in, I have noticed that there is often one or two desks that are several feet away from the main cluster of students. As soon as those seats are occupied, I see why, but wonder if it was a good idea. Does taking a talkative/disrespectful/difficult child and banishing him to his own little part of the room really help? In classes where the kids have not been entirely separated I have seen that the teacher has still clustered them all either at the front or the back of the room. One teacher seemed to have stuffed all of the quiet/bright/attentive students at the back and all the loud/challenged/bored students at the front. You could literally see how the kids behavior changed as you progressed from the front of the room to the back. I am curious to see how you feel about this practice and if you believe it works or not. In many cases that I have seen, the kids who were stuffed off into their own little corner seemed to have just completely shut down, and why wouldn't they? They looked shocked when I would call on them to participate in class and would not even make an attempt to look busy during independent work. A lot of times the kids who had been separated would not even be troublesome during class time, they would just sit in their little private area doodling or staring off into space while their education just sailed right on by them.