Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bright Ideas Link Up: Keeping Student Desks Together

It's one of my favorite times of the month again, time for myself and a few hundred of my blogging buddies are sharing tried and true ideas from our classrooms. 

My bright idea is one I wish I had thought of years ago.  I have always had desks in my classroom that I have always grouped into tables for easy partner work and collaboration. However, those silly desks ALWAYS moved around.  Always. Halfway through the day, we were always rearranging our tables, and there was always one kid who managed to push his desk into another child's.  Always.  Before blogs and Pinterest, I searched message boards, AtoZTeacher stuff anyone?, to try and find a solution. I tried taping the desks together, using bungee cords, ropes, etc. to keep them together.  Nothing worked. 

Then one day a colleague of mine suggested old coffee cans, which I thought was brilliant, but I didn't have six coffee cans just sitting around the house. So I went to Home Depot and bought some one quart mixing containers.  You can find them online {here}

I put the container in middle of where I wanted each table to be and put one leg from each chair inside. Problem instantly solved!

Their desks still move a little bit, but not nearly as much as they did before.  Only one or two tables need readjusted throughout the day instead of all of the. Additionally, since all of the desks are connected, it's so much easier to slide them into to place when needed.

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  1. No way!!! GENIUS!!! Desks were the bane of my existence since I was convinced they had feet and walked around the classroom ;) I love this idea!! Thanks so much for sharing :)

    3rd Grade Thoughts

  2. So smart! I've tried zip ties and those don't work to well. Love this idea!

  3. Great idea! I will be gathering me some cans this weekend for Monday. Thanks for sharing.


  4. What a simple solution! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Thanks for hosting this link up! Looks great. This is my first time visiting your blog, can't wait to check out more of it!

    The Math Maniac

  5. I think this will be my most favorite bright idea tonight. I swear that I spend way too much time walking around the room pushing desks in for two reasons...1. I go home with black & blues on my thighs because I walk around as I read aloud for various lessons every day, & 2. I cannot stand seeing their desks uneven. I am by far NOT the most organized person, but desks in disarray are like the bane of existence in the classroom!!!! Geez, I see these bright ideas & their so simple all I can do is scream in my head WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT????

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  7. Oh my goodness, BRILLIANT!! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful to Home Depot ;)

    Fun in Room 4B

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  9. This little trick will probably help me leave school ten minutes earlier every day because I won't have to put all those desks back together. THANK YOU!!

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  11. I am amazed how these wonderful but simple ideas just blow me away! What a fantastic and easy way to keep from desk shoving all the time! Thanks for such a great post!!!
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