Some classes get rowdy sometimes. Then there are other classes that get rowdy frequently. One of the biggest issues in our school with the second type of classes is physical space in the room: there isn't much! Aside from a few select rooms in the building, fitting 30 kids in one class can be a tight fit. So, on occasion, my co-teacher and I decided to split and use the free rooms that exist (hint: there are precious few of them). In this case, I took half of the students to the art room and fit them on one long boardroom style table. I found this really useful for me and the students because they could work as one big team and learn from each other. While it was sometimes loud there was also a lot of work going on and I could circulate around quickly and efficiently. It was a pretty good lesson!
I am a math teacher in the New York Department of Education. I infuse technology and real-world problems into my curriculum in order to prepare my students for the future. I would love for people across the country to recognize we teachers can't do it alone. If you don't believe me, come visit my classroom!