Desks or Tables?

I'm linking up!  Ladybug's Teacher Files  is having a discussion on which is best... tables or desks?!  If you would have asked me this question a year ago, I would have most definitely said desks.  When I taught both 4th and 1st grades, desks worked very well for my classroom and students.  Now that I teach 2nd grade dual language, I would LOVE to have tables!  I see 2 different classes during my day, so it would be so nice to have tables.  The kids tend to dig through each other's desks and things get "lost" quite often!  Unfortunately tables are not available for me, so I just have to make the desks work!

Here are some pictures of my classroom right before school started last August.  I have the desks grouped so that bilingual partner can work together.  Also, my students share their school supplies so that they are not having to take supplies to their other classroom.

The desks were still so clean when I took these pictures (seeing as school hadn't started yet!) that it makes me think desks aren't such a bad thing haha!

As you can see in the pictures above, I do not put or tape desk nameplates to the desks.  Since I have 2 sets of students, that just doesn't work well in my classroom.  Also, in the dual langauge program we have to move the kids around about every 3 weeks, so it's easiest for the students just to grab their belongings and go!  That's why I have name tents up at the beginning of the year!

Which leads me to my new creation!  I don't use nameplates, but I felt like the kids need some reference tools on their desks throughout the year.  Since we have to use desks, I want to make the most out of it!  I made these math desk tags that I am going to use this coming year!  I included the areas of math that we touch on several times throughout the year.  I did not include all math concepts, just ones that I felt like my students have needed in the past.  I am going to cut the 2 rectangles out, glue together on the white tab, laminate, and tape to the top of each desk! 

Clip Art courtesy of DJ Inkers
I hope you find this helpful!  I only included math resources on the desk tag because I have so many reading and writing resources available around the room and in their spirals.  Who knows, I might change it up next year depending on what my students need!

Let me know what you think... which works best for you?  Tables or desks?  And link up to Ladybug's Teacher Files!


Ms.M said...

Ok I just am in love with your classroom. I am so glad I found your blog. I am definitely now a follower.

I know EXACTLY what you mean about students going through others desks. I knew a teacher who used to turn around the desks and use it for HER storage. The desks then turned into tables for her students. Might be an option if you really dislike the desks.

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Sara said...

Thank you so, so much! These include everything that my students need to help them out. I am moving to tables this year in my second grade classroom and I am a little nervous about it. :) I told my principal that I'd do it, as long as he didn't put my old desks into deep, deep storage in case I change my mind! lol On the plus side, I love how open and un-cluttered my room feels.

Kristen said...

Thanks so much for linking up!! Love the nameplates and LOVE your gorgeous classroom! This was very helpful :)

Abby said...

I love your name tents. Do you have a template for them?

Stacey Paton said...

I love your desk toppers, but I'm from Australia so your currency won't suit my classroom :(

Daniella Garcia said...

Love your blog, it has been a life saver. I remember downloading your math desk tent last year but now can't seem to find it. However, I just tried right now and it tells me that the document can't be displayed in a frame, something similiar happened with another one of your documents,any idea if this is happening with others or is it my computer? I would really love a copy of it!!