My room has eight tables which are too heavy to move. Five are large, and
three are square, and a bit smaller. I hate not having flexibility, not
having a focal point in the room, and the fact that kids face each other.
What do we do when we're seated across from someone? Talk, of course. It's
only natural. And, let's face it, middle schoolers are talkative enough
already. My first preference would be individual drawing tables, which
could be angled for drawing or flat for other work.
Second choice is the wider science tables that seat two. You could arrange
and rearrange as needed. Our school is being renovated beginning in 2003.
Maybe I'll get my wish if I don't retire.