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The first one I am going to talk about is student desk layout (aka classroom design) If you would have told me at the beginning of the year that I was going to struggle with classroom layout, I would have laughed at you. I was the kid that made scale models of my bedroom as a kid to 're-arrange' the furniture. I put it in quotes because everything was so heavy, I never actually moved it but I felt that I did because of my model!.
I decided that I was going to listen to MY instincts and do what I wanted to do. Like I said before, some of my freshman could NOT handle working groups of 3, others could. Some needed to be isolated and held accountable. Others needed 'ends' to sit on due to limited distractions. I started moving desks at 7:10am (school starts at 7:30) and I ended up with awesomeness!
- Red- These are reserved for my kids that are considered 'highly distractable'. They are on the end, towards the front but still have someone next to them to reach out to.
- Orange- These are the 2nd priority in the class. Students that can't handle a group, that need to be held accountable and need to focus. Although they in the 'middle' of the classroom, in real life, it is actually like islands. It is amazing. In addition, sometimes during conversation, I will pull up a chair between them and just 'hang' out which is really me giving them extra support without them realizing it.
- Green- These are the kids that are rocking it. The kids that can work on their own but are also a great resource to other students around them. When we 'pair' up, this student are working independently, but asking questions to both sets of pairs on either side. This also allows me to supplement these students and have materials already there for them.
- Purple- This is the second tier from the top. These students are strong students but have to work at it. This is why they are on the end so they still have someone to converse with and can easily talk to the other purples kiddy-corner from them.
- Blue- These are similar to the purple kids but they are better at working in groups.
- Brown- Party of 1. I have 1 student who falls into this category. He can't handle himself anywhere but has proven that sitting alone is how he does best. He is not shy of asking questions which makes this the perfect place for him!