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!