I am still in the same room for next year, but I am making some big changes. First of all, instead of only 6th graders all day, I will have 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in and out. I used to have student desks, one for each 6th grader, but I have realized that is not going to work. I really didn't want to deal with kids having to sit in other kids' desks, potentially missing items, etc. Plus, my big 8th graders simply won't fit in a small 6th grader's desk. SOOO, I requested to change from student desks to tables. I got them. Now I'm freaking out a little! The 6th graders will be in the room for 4-5 periods a day, and it is their "home base". What do I have them do with their stuff? They are all required to keep a binder, with a binder pouch for writing utensils, but they do have other supplies such as markers. I have thought of plastic storage bins, but I don't know exactly what I want. Anyone have suggestions? Also, I'm struggling with how to arrange the tables. They are long and narrow, with room for 2 students side by side. I am trying to decide what my goal is-do I want more collaboration (in which case I would group 2 tables together, facing each other), or more whole-class interaction (in which case I would do some sort of U-shape, which is my favorite arrangement). Does anyone have experience?