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I need classroom arrangement ideas for a class with 30 individual traditional "all in one" desks. I have a small classroom and its hard to work with a small space and a large number of students. A lot of our activities require students to work in pairs or groups of 4.

Nov 12, 2017 2:03pm

Classroom Management of physical space of a classroom with student desks.

  • English Language Arts
  • 12
  • Class Culture


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    • Nov 18, 2017 8:35am

      I need ideas for this, too. I have the same situation.

      • Nov 18, 2017 8:59am

        Me too.

        • Nov 18, 2017 12:51pm

          I've used desks like that all facing each other is groups of 4. They look like x's all around the small room. Seating charts work well here bc they love to sit like that and talk to their friends-put them with people they rarely speak to and this works great. They are easily moveable for pairing up just break up the 4 sum and face 2 together.

          • Nov 20, 2017 6:05am

            I put the desks in pods of four all facing the front of the room( I get two rows of four pods: 32 desks). This works for pairs(shoulder partners). When we want to work in fours I have the students turn the desks to face each other where the front of the room is to their side. I like this as no one has their back to the front of the room where information may be displayed on the smart board.

            • Nov 26, 2017 3:22pm

              I put desks in groups of three or four facing each other, but you could group in five or six if needed. The trick is to angle the groups on either side so that they can easily see the Smartboard when needed. I have one standing desk and keep pillows, lap desks and carpet squares under a table for pullout flexible seating options for parts of the day. Another easy option that kids often choose is to tape their papers to the wall so they can stand to work. Thirty is just too many kids, but you can manage the space.