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Classroom Management, Uncategorized   |   Nov 18, 2009

Works-For-Me Wednesday: Desk Dividers

By Angela Watson

Founder and Writer

Third grade teacher Robin Huddlestone is in a tiny portable classroom with little room to spread out her desks. She likes her current arrangement, but had a huge problem with kids copying each other’s answers and being unfocused during independent work times. She collected some old science fair displays that were hanging around the teacher’s lounge and used them to create mini-dividers between the kids’ desks. “It gives students the perfect amount of privacy without isolating them,” she says. “They can still work cooperatively when needed, and for major projects, the boards can easily be lifted away.”

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Angela Watson

Founder and Writer

Angela created the first version of this site in 2003, when she was a classroom teacher herself. With 11 years of teaching experience and more than a decade of experience as an instructional coach, Angela oversees and contributes regularly to...
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Discussion


  1. You can also sometimes use the cardboard boxes that posters come in – open them up, paint them fun colors, and voila…dividers!

  2. I use cubbies in the classroom all the time! I take any boxes that are big enough (deliveries to the main office yield these – especially in Sept. when orders come in!) and cut them to make cubbies. I have a cubby area in my room where they are stored.

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