I hated these tables. Having a full classroom of kids facing four different ways did not work for me, but there was no way to arrange them to avoid that. And then I realized that I had soooo many sewing tables jammed into storage areas.
This got me to thinking...
Now I could see what EVERYONE was doing. Of course, the kids kept opening the tables and messing with the machines, so over Christmas Break...
I removed the sewing machines and wonderful hubby drilled the tables shut. That problem was solved!
At the beginning of the new semester, I decided to try another arrangement:
Love it! The only problem with these "desks" is that five minutes into each class they tend to look like this:
So frustrating! (Credit for the idea of using happy faces for confidentiality purposes goes to The (Un)Caffeinated Teacher) Even more frustrating were the kids who insisted they "couldn't help it" that their desks moved two to three feet every time they were in class.
A couple of months ago I found this idea on Pinterest from an elementary school teacher:
So genius! Yet, my desks don't have legs, so I wasn't able to use it. D'oh!!!
Then on Friday I happened to be looking at the floor (probably because of a mess left by someone), and noticed that there are spaces right above the wheels on my desks, and sooooo....
I gleefully installed these on Saturday morning, then waited giddily today to see how they worked. It was AMAZING - no desk drift whatsoever! A photo right after last bell:
Also enjoyable was how the kids who "accidentally" moved their desks before reacted - haha!
So anyway, all this to say 1) Zip ties ROCK!, 2) Zip ties SAVE sanity!, and 3) If at first a truly inspiring idea from Pinterest seems like it won't work, don't give up on it - find a way! It's always worth it!