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Re: response to u-shaped tables

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Teresa Tipton (
Thu, 15 May 1997 18:33:10 -0700 (PDT)

I like the U shape for certain classes but prefer clusters of pods of 4-6
students at either tables or desks set together - preferably at the same

Teresa Tipton

On Thu, 15 May 1997, Brenda S Neel wrote:

> I too have the art tables arranged in a u-shape. It serves 2 functions.
> First as was said earlier the students can sit on the inside so they can
> access supplies quickly and easily from a center table. Second they can
> sit outside so I can get their attention during a lecture or a
> demonstration.
> Also, when the students are arranged in this u-shape when there is a
> behavior problem that continues to go on you can pull that particuliar
> away from the rest and put them at a one student desk. Even though I
> teach high school art I have a few one table 5th or 6th grade student
> desks at had so I can move displine problems. Usually art supplies and
> stuff sit on these tables but the students know they will be sitting
> there if they misbehave. Haven't had to use these tables for the past
> few years, but during my first 5 years of teaching I used them regularly.
> Also, sometimes I rearrange the whole room by taking 2 matching tables
> and making a block. I can usually make 3 blocks and leave 2 of the other
> tables singles. On the single tables I like to put about three students
> and on the block tables I can fit up to eight students. This is a good
> arrangement for group projects or for when the students are working on
> poster board size projects. When the tables are put together it is less
> likely that paint or materials will be knocked off. This arrangement
> really works well when I place objects on the table for the students to draw.
> Also, back to the small individual tables, sometimes a student will be
> working on a special project and they don't want anyone to bother them or
> SHAKE the table.
> well, i have to get back to class
> only one more week left until school is out
> brenda