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Desk arrangement - Open group concept. Student desks are in groups, but all face the smart/white/chalk board.

No More Name Plates - this teacher writes the students names on their desks with sharpie paint pens and when the names need to come off you just cover with an expo dry-erase marker then wipe off with a kleenex and viola! So smart!


Creating my dry erase table for Math Workshop! I recently turned my front table into a white board table that my 6th grade math students can use during math workshop. This blog post talks about the process of turning my table into a giant work space!


Solve the pencil problem: cut straws, then duct tape them to the desk. Voila! no more pencils rolling around.

Notes on desks using dry erase markers! Will have to try this :)


I put this over student's desk for the week. Have one for birthdays too. They love it!!!


I use these little baskets as "drawers" in their desks. They put their pencil pouch and any "loose" tools in there to keep their desk nice and tidy.

from What I Have Learned

The First Week of Second Grade

Writing notes on students' desks is so encouraging! I try to write 4-5 notes at the end of each day to promote classroom community and positive behavior.


STOP- "Please stop what you are doing and make a better choice" behavior reminders to place on student desks when needed. Includes a link to print these out.