Tables vs. Desks in 2nd Grade

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  1. Miss Kirby

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    Second grade teachers,

    Do you have tables or desks in your room? If tables, what kind do you have? What would you prefer to have? What is your desk/table arrangement?

    Next year I'm moving from first to second grade. I get to stay in my own classroom. I have round tables right now and I honestly don't like them! It's great for cooperative activities - but when I want them to look at me and listen they are all facing each other, so it's difficult. I know next year we'll be doing more instruction at our tables instead of at the carpet.

    All of the other second grade teachers have desks. I really don't care for desks because they get so messy, take up so much space, and move around so much!! I LOVE tables! I was going to see if I could round up six rectangular tables and put them in three rows perpendicular to the board.

    Now, do you think tables are appropriate for second grade? Do you think they need to have their own space that a desk would provide? Do you think I'm cheating my kids out of having desks, as the other second grade classes have them?
     
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  3. funeoz

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    I have desks, but I would take rectangular tables in a heartbeat.

    I don't think you're cheating them out of anything. They'll have desks the rest of their lives. Think of it as the other teachers cheating them out of tables for another year. :p
     
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    I don't teach second this year, but have in the past. I have kept my furniture regardless of levels. I have rectangular tables and find they work really well. I also have one round table, and I'm careful about who I put at that table.

    As long as you have cubbies or a place for them to keep their things, it should be fine!
     
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    I have desks, and I would not want to change that. It gives me a lot more flexibility to make changes for independent/cooperative learning.
     
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    Yeah that is the good thing about desks. You can put them in groups or rows or pairs etc. I'm wondering what I would do during the Terra Nova? When I used to teach second we would take their desks and move them so each kid sat by her/himself. Hmmm.

    I just love tables though...

    If you have desks, do you do community supplies or individual supplies? I had a desk arrangement in mind which would leave space for a tote for supplies.
     
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    Most things I do as community supplies, but I let them keep crayons and pencils in their pencil cases. I have plastic organizers for scissors, glue sticks, etc., that I keep shelved on a extra bookshelf spaces. It is easy to call rows or groups to retrieve needed supplies that way and they have less to play with at their desks. ;)
     
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    I have had both but would go back to tables if they were available. Storage was not a problem for me. We had cubbies in the room so there was space to keep extra books. There was a metal shelf underneath each chair so I gave each child a dishpan to put their books, notebook, supplies in. Also, my mother made me chair covers with pockets that allowed for additional storage. (the best thing I ever had!) I did not use community buckets. Each child had their own supplies.
     
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    On the whole, I prefer tables for this age group. I also have several places built in the room for students to work by themselves.
     
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    I have taught with both desks and tables.... when I moved to my new position, I was lucky.... the tables have desk-like shelving underneath them. The only thing is I have extra desks in the room for those who cannot work well with anyone. They are placed in their own space so they won't pick on anyone else. I would keep that in mind with this age group. But I love my tables!
     
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    Well, the main reason I don't like the desks in my room is that when the students open them up, their pencils/crayons/whatever always roll onto the floor...so if you do get desks, try to get the ones that don't have the top that lifts up or ones that have some sort of pencil holder so that you don't have that aggravation.

    On the positive side, it is nice to be able to change your room around with different seating arrangements throughout the year. I've done pods of four, rows briefly (because I hate rows!), pairs, and a double horseshoe arrangement. I love this last one because I can put the troublemakers :lol: and kids who need a lot of assistance in the smaller horseshoe right in the middle of the room but all the kids are always facing me and I can do a quick walk around and see how they're doing on their worksheet or whatever they're doing.
     
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    I have desks and hate them! I am constantly straightening up my table groups! Next year, I hope to swamp my desks for tables from another classroom!
     
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    Yeah when I taught second, EVERY DAY I fixed the groups because they were moving around. I was pretty obsessive about things like that. I even put the dot stickers on the floor, but the custodians picked them off! Grr! I like the tables because there are only six to move around! Hehe!
     
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    This is my first year teaching 2nd. I have taught 1st and K. My problem is that there is absolutely no storage for the children in the class...so I have no choice but to use the desks. But I would in a heart beat switch to tables.
     
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    I have desks now but have already put in a request for tables for next year!! I hate desks!! THey get so messy, I have to constantly ask students to "fix your desks" because they are always uneven (I am a bit anal about that), my kids are very territorial so they are always arguing about someone's hand touched their desk or the corner of someone's book was on their desk.....I mean, I can go on and on. I think the tables will encourage more of a "team" concept that I was pushing since the first day of school but some groups don't work like teams, all they do is argue or talk. So, I do group points for the groups who are always prepared, always ready and always quiet when I ask. They earn free time to water paint, play with playdough, use the computer etc. I already do community supplies so I'm ready for the tables if they brought them to me tomorrow!!!! I hope I get them soon. I'm going to bug the custodians a little more.
     
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    Youngteacher, what will you do with storage when you move to tables?

    I'm wondering what to do about state testing if the kids are sitting at tables.
     

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