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I have 7 work tables. I labled them 1-7. I even hung the number over the
table so the kids could find them easily. Even after a year, the kids get
confused looking for a table. Then, as they file into the classroom, I call
out 1-7. If I see a trouble combination heading for a table, I jumble the
numbers around. I might simply reverse 7 and 6, or start calling
1-3-5-7-2-4-6. After a few classes, they realize they can't get into line
any certain way, because I never call the numbers the same way. Yet, it
appears very random to them, they don't feel picked on. In the beginning,
when they would complain, I would say " maybe next time you'll get to sit
with so and so." I said to the classes at the start that they would get the
opportunity to sit with kids they never might have sat with and get to know
them. If they are not particularly happy, remember it's only for one week
and I expect them to be civil always. It's worked so well! I always give
the numbers rapidly, watching them find their tables so they can't cheat,
and start the projects right away.
Good luck! It's worked for me!