The Desk Shuffle & Some Humor

The same thing happens to me every year… I begin the year with my desks arranged in beautiful groups. Some years I have groups of 4 other years groups of 6 depending on the size of my class. Then a few weeks into the new school year the shuffling begins. Desks go here, then there, then EVERYWHERE!!! So what have I learned from 14 years of shuffling? #1. Every group of student is different so just accept the fact that the shuffling is going to occur. #2. It’s OK to move desks and move them again, and again, and AGAIN! I know it can be a pain, but sooner or later you will find the arrangement that works best for your students needs and yours as well…I promise! Just hang in there. #3. Be daring… be willing to think out of the box and go out of your comfort zone. You just might be surprised. And in case you need some inspiration, here are a few pictures: seating groups   First few weeks of school: Groups              seating by 3   My current setup: Rows of 3 Jackpot!!!!! My students are thriving with this setup. I am still able to partner up for activities, but I don’t have as many distractions as I did when they were seated in groups of 6.     seating by 2   Groups of 2: For the REALLY distracted Bunch!             the u the u 2 It’s all about the U :0) This is what I meant by thinking outside of the box! Actually the U setup was what I used last year and I absolutely loved it! I placed a chair in the middle of each U. That way I could easily sit with each group and assist a few students without having to wait for them to get up and come to the back table with their supplies. I recommend this setup if you feel your group of students would benefit from frequent small group instruction/ mini- lessons. So how is YOUR classroom setup right now? … and now for some humor to end your day! xoxo, Melissa Signature

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    Sarah Wiggins
    October 10, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Hi Melissa, I really like your blog! I tried to add your button to mine, but it wouldn't work. Any ideas? Thanks, Sarah

    Using My Teacher Voice

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    Melissa Yalesias
    October 11, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Sarah, to be honest I'm not sure what is going on with the buttons tonight? I rewrote the button code and it's still not working. I even tried copying yours and nothing either.
    :0( Hopefully by tomorrow everything will be back in order.
    Thanks for visiting!

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    Sarah Wiggins
    October 11, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    It worked, yay! Happy blogging!

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    Lindsay Oles
    November 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    New blog follower! I bet I move my kiddos desks around every 2 weeks! They get soo chatty. Love the ideas and I will have to try some. Right now their desks are in a huge horse shoe shape with a few nonstop chatters on the inside and up front.

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