How do you arrange desks in third grade?

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  1. teacher_cc

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    I'm really leaning towards groups of 6; I love cooperative learning. But I'm not sure if the traditional rows are better for 3rd grade, especially w/ all the testing that's done. How do you all arrange your desks?
     
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    When I taught third I had them in clusters of 4. Anything more than 4 or 5 was too noisy. We are not allowed to have rows in my school (so silly).
     
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    I start out with clusters of 4 or 5. Then we may go to pairs or rows. I've done a horseshoe shape before. I almost always have kids that sit by themselves, as they work better that way or because they push their desks.


    I put them in rows when it's time for the state testing. Otherwise the kids put up folders.

    My biggest problem is that the desks move. My front row can end up against the wall if I don't keep pushing it back!
     
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    I use Kagan Cooperative Learning on a regular basis. The best desk set up for me is groupings of 4. This is the most convenient way to do CL structures without extra moving around.
     
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    I have mine in groups of 4-6. We aren't allowed to have rows either until testing. I also like the horseshoe and pairs.
     
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    I always start the year with groups of 4-6 depending on the number of students that I have. Each marking period I rearrange the seating to give students the opportunity to to get to know and work with other students in the class.
     
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    I just went to a Kagan workshop this summer and set my desks up last week in groups of 4. It's hard when you have 30 kids in a classroom because of space, but I am excited to try some of the structures. I also move them during testing, but rarely move away from table groups.
     
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    I had groups of 4-5 most of the year, but I found that at the beginning of the year they need to sit in rows until they can learn to be quiet. Our beginning of the year groups were very loud, but after we sat in rows, they were great in their groups. So this year I'm going to do rows the first few weeks and then switch to groups of 4-5.
     
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    I like groups of 4-5 also, but I start the year in a horseshoe so I can keep my class's attention at the beginning of the year and learn to match student names and faces.
     
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    I wish we were allowed to start in rows. :(
     
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    We are not allowed to sit our students in rows either, which is fine with me. I find that my students talk more when they are in rows rather than in groups (although I use group points...so they work cooperatively so their group wins). Anyone else mandated to have their students work in centers daily?
     
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    I start out in groups of 4 to 5. Every month (at least) I move kids around and usually try some different arrangements. I've done rows at the front of the room and tables at the back, so the kids who need more space or focus can get it while the other kids still get to work with their group.
     
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    I always start out with rows of two. I am curious why some aren't allowed to have rows? Do they think you won't allow the students to work together or something?
     
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    I have a small class. It's a private school and we'll probably never have more than 16 or 17 in a class. I started off with groups, went to rows,went back to groups, then doubles, I finished off the last several months of the year with the horseshoe shape. So far it's my favorite. We do a lot of discussion and that type of set up is helpful. My classroom is huge so when we need groups there's plenty of space for the students to spread out. I think I might start out with the horseshoe this year. Though it all depends on how this class handles it. The students didn't like rows, so if I was having trouble with talking, misbehavior, etc. sometimes I would put them into rows for just a few days. I would always go back to the horseshoe though.
     
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    Is the horseshoe an ideal setup for grade 3? I've never seen this, in student teaching or subbing. So what if you want to do cooperative learning activities, do you just have them work w/ the person next to them?
     

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