After using i Pads with my third graders last year, I noticed something very interesting.
They NEVER sat at their desks!
Generally the desks were just a place for storing items. When my students used their i Pads alone, they liked to sit in a quiet space to listen or record. This usually meant they were on the floor. When they worked in partners or groups collaboratively they either sat at a table around the room or also on the floor.
This year I decided to remedy this situation! I starting collecting tables last year, and I ordered one this year to round out my collection. I currently have a trapezoid table, a circular table, two rectangle tables, and a group of desks. Each child has a place to sit, but the seating is flexible so students can move around to different tables as needed. To start the year next week, I will be using these "Name Tents" I created!
I will be posting more pictures of my set up and organization of materials next week!
How do you organize your room? Click on the link from Edutopia.org for more ideas!