Do you use a table in small group?

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  1. jlj

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    It seems so many of you have the kidney table. I've always thought it would be nice to have one but no $$ :(. Then at a workshop the other day they were discouraging tables in small group where you have reading groups. The reasons: promotes poor reading posture, children tend to lean over table, put head down, etc., plus takes up more space than placing chairs in a semi-circle.
    What do you think?
     
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  3. Lynnnn725

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    I do use a table... hmmm.. imagining life without that table. You've got me thinking!
     
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    We have one Kidney shaped table in our inclusion classroom. There are two teachers in the classroom. When we are doing reading groups, the teacher I work with usually uses the the table and I work on the floor in the reading corner.

    We use our Kidney shaped table all of the time. Some children use it as another working area. Most of the time, one of the teachers or adults sits at the table to help the students. I use if for doing classroom projects. I love my Kidney shaped table.
     
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    :) I know! I like the idea of no table yet at the same time it's especially good for materials used during group. Hmmm I do have clip boards ;)
     
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    I do have a table that I use about 3/4 of the time for groups.

    Other times, I will just have my group in a circle on the rug.

    I often have a parent or para running a group also, so then 1 group uses the floor or goes outside to the picnic tables.
     
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    I do, I actually have a horseshoe table, a little deeper for the teacher seat area and easier to reach the kids/materials. I don't think I could give it up because of all of the other activities that I do with my small groups at the table - tracing letters in sand is not going to work on the floor, even with a clipboard, but I might try it with an older grade that uses less hands on stuff :)
     
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    I am seriously thinking of trying it without a table. Guided reading is such a crucial part of the 1st grade day and my least favorite. :-( I am hoping that it will be more comforting for me to work off the floor. It won't seem so "official" and "daunting" maybe. If it doesn't work out, I'll bring back the table.
    Some schools in our district only have 1 table in their whole room... the kids mostly work on the floor so the "no table" for small groups won't seem so foreign at my school.
     
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    I tried using the floor for my groups, and couldn't see everyone in the room, so make sure that you can do that.
     
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    That's one reason I've used the semi-circle of chairs (when I didn't have space or availability of a table), the other is it's getting harder to get up & down from the floor & rather embarrassing , painful, comical....well, not a pretty picture :blush: :woot: :lol:
     
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    We have a table, but I don't see how I could function without it.
     
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    I use a kidney table for guided reading and I don't know what I would do without it. I teach my students to sit like a "good reader". I learned this summer while working with special needs students that the poor posture also comes from their feet not resting on the floor. I plan to lower my table (even more than it already is and have my students sit on milk crate seats.
     
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    I use a table. Students are not only reading, but at times writing on white boards and doing other tasks that are easier with a table for support.
     
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    I just want a different table. I am not a fan of the kidney table I currently have. I want a horseshoe.
     
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    I also use a table. I teach my students "learning position," where they are sitting up straight, bottoms against the back of the chair, and tracking either the speaker or the words they are reading (finger tracking). It seems to work!
     

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