I got rid of desks three years ago. I found that it not only freed up space, but it eliminated "organization" issues for many of my students. I now have a hanging pocet chart in which children keep unfinished work. This way, instead of spending time searching for missing work, I can quickly see who has turned in their work. The chart is also useful when students are absent. Worksheets are put in their pocket, so when they return, they know exactly what needs to be done. I considred the cloth organizers for the back of the chair, but I had nightmares bout chairs tipping over and things falling out. All their textbooks are kept on bookcases in the front of the room. I don't use them much because I prefer the ActiveBoard.
If you do move to tables, test seperators would probably be necessary, especially for when standardized testing comes around. This is important because you are no longer able to pull the desks apart.
I love your classroom, Beth, and many of the things you do in it.
Keep up the good work.
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