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February 2 Deedee 2 min read
I love getting ideas from other classrooms!
Here are few of mine. I hope you find something helpful.
This last week I moved desks around.   I have traditionally had my desks in clusters of 4, but I wanted to try something I used from my days in 2nd grade.  I love this current desk arrangement because I can conduct whole group lessons and see everyone at the same time (and they can see me).  I move around the “world carpet” and support students where I need to.  This is great when they have pencil/paper task.  I still conduct my mini-lessons with students sitting on the “rainbow carpet.”
 Here is another view.  It is also easier when I hold writing conferences because I just move about the “u” and it is a huge time saver.
We now have a HUGE area where students can go to work at during station time.  They love the world carpet and I love that I can see them better from my group table.
I made pockets for the students to put their writing folders in.  They are simply file folders (legal size) and duct tape.  Having these at their finger tips is another time saver.  They also seem to use their personal word wall more.  
I used green masking tape to create a boundary and the students use this to keep their desks in line.  I no longer have the slow migration across the room.
The other tip I have to share is my indoor recess shelf.  Have you been having crazy weather?
This week I created a “check out” system.  Students pull the number off and place it by their name.  I attached the removable numbers with Velco.  It took me just minutes to set this up!  
  Now hop on over to our next blog for more ideas!


  • Anna DiGilio February 2 at 1:50 pm

    Deedee….Loved your post πŸ™‚ The migration of desks KILLS ME every day. I even used zip ties to keep them together but then I couldn't move their desks around when I needed to. Your tape idea just might be the ticket πŸ™‚ Thanks for the ideas πŸ™‚

    Simply Skilled in Second

  • Kelly Burlinski February 2 at 2:32 pm

    I LOVE the new blog design! Your indoor recess check out system is brilliant!


  • Katie Knight February 2 at 4:11 pm

    I loved my desks in a "U" when I taught second. I wonder how my firsties would like it!?! Gonna try. You inspired me!
    Teacher to the Core

  • Laura February 2 at 4:53 pm

    Oh, the slow migration!! I have one group who should truly just start the day on the wall. The tape is coming out tomorrow! Such an easy fix! Thank you for sharing!
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  • Susanna Westby February 2 at 5:07 pm

    I'd love that carpet – our year-long theme is trip around the world so it would be perfect as we visit each continent. I will have to google it!
    I keep my desks in pods that are pushed to the edges of the class because I love having open space to "breathe" in the middle of the room. In rows the desks take up the whole room!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Whimsy Workshop Teaching

  • Katie L February 2 at 6:25 pm

    Love your ideas!! How do you attach the "pockets" to the backs of the kids' chairs? I have been trying to find a solution for my kids to put their work folders and this just might work! thanks!! Katie
    [email protected]

  • Tiffani Mugurussa February 2 at 8:39 pm

    Love your room- it is so big and organized.
    ✿Tiffani Time 4 Kindergarten

  • Lori February 2 at 8:53 pm

    I love the desks in the U shape! That was one of my favorite arrangements too. The pockets taped to their desk is great! Makes it so much easier for them to use their materials and save time going after them!
    Conversations in Literacy

  • Kristen February 2 at 9:54 pm

    The "slow migration" cracked me up! I love your solution for it πŸ™‚ Your classroom looks so well-organized and spacious, and I know this is due to your smart setup. πŸ™‚

  • The Colorful Apple February 2 at 10:11 pm

    I like your recess sign-out idea! We have had so many indoor recess days this year and, to be honest, not all the materials get put away. This will help!

    Sara πŸ™‚
    The Colorful Apple

  • Joey February 3 at 10:54 pm

    I like the "u" shape as well for my firsties. I love the idea for the recess shelf…seeing you have all of the games in plastic containers will have me making a trip to Wal Mart soon.

  • Lindsay Oles February 5 at 1:47 am

    I missed the link up! Ah well, I still included it in my blog post tonight! I love getting ideas from others. I wish I could have a desk arrangement like yours…but I have 28 kids! And not nearly enough space to place them like that. It would be quite convenient though.

    If You Give a Teacher a Treat

  • Lori Wessing February 8 at 2:36 am

    Love your new blog design! Are you getting a new phone cover too? When I taught first grade and had desks, the u-shape was my favorite room arrangement because as you said, it is so easy to reach everyone and help them. It sure makes your room look bigger…so open. We have been having crazy weather too and LOTS of indoor recess, but we go to the gym for our recess. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your new room arrangement!
    Kay Beth


    • Deedee February 8 at 6:08 pm

      Ha! I did not get a phone cover, but I got a new skin for my computer.

      I need to see you ladies again!!!! The. END!

  • Lauren S February 10 at 10:32 pm

    "Slow migration" made me laugh! I used to love using the tape on the floor trick, but we're not allowed to put tape on the floors at my school anymore. πŸ™

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