Classroom layout

 

 

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Thanks to another teacher in the building, who was also looking for a change, I replaced the single desks (which had always been in straight rows) with some two-person tables. I’m trying to encourage student discourse, both in pairs and in inclusive class discussions. 

It is easy for me to walk through the U-shape and look at the work students are doing, and I think there may be more sharing of ideas. On the downside, kids who get distracted are that much harder to keep on task, and may distract others.

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