September 12, 2008
When I had a small enough class, I put the class in a U shape with a rectangular table in the open end. I sat at the rectangular table to meet with small groups. It's easy to make eye contact with all the students because no one has their back to me or the board. With a bigger class, I try to have only four groups with students facing each other and one on the end if needed. This arrangement works well for cooperative grouping or partner work. My desk is in a corner because I'm never there during the day. I work from a round table at the front of the room where I can see everyone, and they can see me. Even when meeting with small groups I can scan the room and check that everyone is on task.