I am considering changing my classroom arrangement over winter break. This change would include a shift in the way I teach. My current classroom setup: -The desks are in a U shape. -There is a rug in the middle of the U. -In front of the rug is my chair, and an easel. -The Smartboard is centered in the front of the rug and desks ( it is mounted on the wall). I am considering doing the following: -Desks in rows that run the long way across the room (so students are sitting right next to one-another). -OR desks in two's. -The rug would be in the back of the classroom, along with my chair and the easel. I currently teach about 50% of the time with the kids gathered at the carpet, and 50% of the time with the kids at their desks. Having the easel at the front of the room is really annoying, because I am constantly moving it around. If it is up close to the carpet, where I like it to be for whole-group instruction, the kids cannot see the smartboard. I would really like if it could just stay put in one spot. However, if I move the rug and easel to the back of the room, I would probably do most of my instruction with the kids at their desks. I think I would be ok with this, but I am so used to doing almost everything at the carpet, since I previously taught kindergarten. Which grade do you teach, and where are the kids during most of the instructional time? At their desks, or gathered at a rug?