I would like to be faster and smoother. Recently, our language arts director modeled discussion groups by having them sit on the floor in the front of the room. However, I teach 4th grade and putting assigned tape on the floor seems too babyish. Instead of redirecting for 5 minutes, how do you avoid students from sitting by their buddy, hiding behind classroom furniture, inching their way to where they want to sit, etc. I've given them a parameter, however, since I'm deparmentalized I think they tend to know different rules apply to different teachers (some who allow conversations to occur when the teacher is trying to lead the discussion) . I've also told them to sit in the same spot, however, they tend to forget... and so do I. Sometimes they even want to start discussion groups the way their earlier class did. Before I end up with the same mess..... or getting rid of group discussions on the carpet.... any ideas?