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Friends with smaller classrooms and 25 + students, can you send pics or give some suggestions of your favorite desk layouts? I need new ideas please! (Don’t be fooled by the picture, it’s much smaller than it seems).

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Make a U shape to face the board and you while you teach. You can see everyone and they can see you. It also gives each student equal importance by being able to see each other. I always felt awkward talking to the back of students' heads. I think it is important for eye contact to model respect and openness of sharing ideas. 💡😇 Just try different layouts until you find one that is easy to move around and safely exit the room for drills and emergencies. 🍀

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I love it! I think I can pull off a U-shape with my spacing, I’ll try it out. Thanks!

I have a small classroom, and 20-29 students in each class. I put my desks in "pods" of 4-5. I was forced to do it because of COVID and hated the idea at first, but it turned out great. It saved a lot of space, which allowed me to move around the room more easily.

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I definitely have more space to move when my desks are in pods, that’s my go to if I don’t like any other formation.

Have you thought of getting rid of the desks and using tables instead? That has helped make more space in some of the smaller classrooms in my school.

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I would love to, honestly. I don’t think that would fly with my district though, they want uniformity as much as they can in the elementary schools.

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