Here is the view from my desk which is in the front to the side. The large blue carpet is where we meet for whole group instruction. I use my Promethean board for every thing. The white board has my agenda, homework, and CAFE board. My room is like a square. It's not very big. I do have a big storage closet and bathroom. You can see the adjoining door that leads to the hubby's room! FUN!! I'm not sure what you call the arrangement of my desks. They are not quite in a U or an E. Somewhere in between. I don't seat my kids in groups. If they need to work in groups they move around the room.
Here is the view from the opposite corner of the room from my desk. I'm so happy I'm in a room with windows! I hate not being able to see outside! Even at my house I always open blinds! I love the sunshine!!
My kids spend very little time at their desks. I try to arrange the desks so we can move easily around the room and have ample floor space. They read and write around the room, sitting in bean bags (shhhh! Don't tell the fire marshall!), my rocking chair, my author's chair, or on the blue carpet. I have a couple of big pillows. Some like to sit in the rolling chair at my computer table. If they choose they can sit at their desk and some do. Depending on the assignment, I give them a choice if they want to work alone or with 1 or 2 friends. I also use Clock Partners or sometimes we just count off depending on the number in a group. I have two libraries as you can see in these two photos. They are in different places because that is the only place I can fit them. I would love (and need) more book shelves, but there is not a place for anymore! UGHH! I need to think of something!
Next are some more "fun" places to sit in the room. The rocking chair, the orange cushion for the floor, and the tall bar stool are all used. You can also see an edge of a green dining chair in the first photo. My sister's neighbor was throwing them out, so she grabbed them for us! They were in perfect shape!!
If I had a choice I would want tables and no desks. My school just didn't have enough for me to use this year and I could not live with having all different tables! YUCK!
Check out those nifty chair pouches on each students' chair. My parents bought them for me a few years back as a Christmas gift. They were actually designed by a parent at my school. They are called Chair Monkeys. Sadly, she is out of business now, so if I ever need more I'm out of luck. (boo hoo!) They just keep folders and their pencil cases in them, nothing too heavy. I'm a neat freak so keeping desks and chair pouches organized is a MUST!
I hope you enjoyed my little tour! I can not wait to see your rooms!