Ms. W, a longtime reader of my blog, teaches third grade at an urban, public school in Massachusetts. She says:
At any time, we have at least one small group puzzling out its math challenges together under the guidance of a teacher. I know I could better guide my groups if they were at a table designed for group instruction, rather than in a circle on the floor, sitting around a rectangular table or at individual desks. A kidney shaped table would allow me to see all my students at once -- and let them see and hear me. I could focus on their work and they could focus on me, free from distractions. From my seat, I also could monitor other students working in the rest of the room.
Let's help get those kids a seat at the table! hide