Tuesday Teacher Tips: Desk Arrangements for Cooperative Learning

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips:  Desk Arrangements for Cooperative Learning
Tuesday Teacher Tips: Seating for Cooperative Learning
Every Tuesday Michelle, from Teach 123, and I will have a new installment of my favorite post, Tuesday Teacher Tips!
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 Research show that children, and adults, usually work best in cooperative groups. 
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips:  Desk Arrangements for Cooperative Learning
But sometimes we all need a little place to call our own, and only our own!
This is my favorite arrangement and here is how it works for different groups with very little movement.
FOUR IN A GROUP
* Two end students move their chairs in front of the two middle students for a group of two facing two.
* Front row students turn around and face the back row students. Now you have different groups of two facing two. One group of four on the left and one group of  four on the right.
* The four students in the front row move their chairs in front of the four students in the front row not in the picture. The four students in the back row move over to the four students in the back row of the back row not shown.
TWO IN A GROUP
* Each row has two groups of two by the middle students turning and "pair share" with the two outer students.
* The front row turns in their seats to face the back row and you now have four groups of two facing each other.
* Like the group of four that moves to the left of the picture, you can pair up the front row with the other front row for four groups of two facing each other.
* When everyone is well behaved, my favorite, find a friend.
INDEPENDENT WORK / DIRECT TEACHING
* This is my favorite part of this arrangement. When a teacher is doing a direct lesson or even giving quick directions, everyone and I mean EVERYONE has their eyes on the speaker. You can use "1, 2, 3, eyes on me." or any other method you have to get everyone's attention, but the beauty of this is you can very quickly move into close proximity of the one or two that are still not focused, in a quick, calm way of gaining class control.
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 Michelle has some great tips about cooperative learning and what has worked for her at some of her different schools. Click over there today, because she would like to share them with you, too.
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In addition to our tips each week, we are hoping that you will share some of your ideas in the comments below!
Since Michelle and I loved reading all your teacher tips this summer, and we still have so many ideas to share with you, we're going to continue this weekly feature for the 2014 - 2015 school year. Stop by Michelle's blog and my blog each week for Tuesday Teacher Tips.  We hope you will share your ideas, too.  

Each week we will choose one person who shared a tip on our blog who will get a $10 shopping trip.  We will announce the winner in the following Tuesday's post.  The winner of this post will be announced on next week's post.
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1 comment

  1. Love this! I never tried it. I looks like it would save a lot of time.

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