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Re: Classroom setup: Rows vs Groups

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Daceballos_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Jun 24 2001 - 10:05:22 PDT


    In a small portable classroom with one sink, with seating for 36 high
school students allowing room for demo area, use of OHP, screen, chalkboards,
storage cabinets and filing cabinets, paint rack, clean-up area. Cramped!
Share classroom with remedial English classes, so there's 3 periods Beginning
Art, 3 periods Remedial English classes in that room every day. I rove over
to another classroom after lunch for 2 afternoon Beginning Art classes in
another art teacher's room (much larger than my portable room).
    I had 9 table groups of 4 students per group. That meant that some
students, especially in the back had their backs to me while I was talking,
giving instructions, etc. Not a good thing because some kids in the back
weren't paying attention. Next year, I'm going to try rows, where everyone is
facing me. I've moved the tables into rows just to see how it would look at
the end of the school year. Looks very military-like! I allowed for spaces in
each row for traffic flow.
    After reading some of the ideas on this topic, I think I'll start out
with the rows and loosen up the arrangement as the year goes on (if need be).
Like Bunki moving her tables several times during the year for variety. It's
always better to start out strict and monitor kids very carefully. For me,
it's important to have direct eye-contact with every kid in the class while
I'm instructing and to be able to watch them at all times while they're
working.
Sincerely,
Dennis in Stockton

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