Whether you are a new or veteran teacher, classroom management is an important part of a successful academic year. Have you considered seating strategies outside of the ordinary alphabetical arrangement?
Social dynamics and learning styles play a large role in how students function in the classroom. There are multiple kinds of seating charts that teachers can utilize. There is the traditional 5 row arrangement, group, semi-circle or the classroom split in half and students face each other. Seating students in a way that will have the maximum efficiency is a process of trial and error. Changing seating arrangements periodically can also give an air of rejuvenation. A physical change in the classroom can spark a feeling of starting fresh and new every few months. Some good times to rearrange desks are after school breaks such as Thanksgiving and Spring Break. This gives structure to the changes and lets students know what to expect.
Positioning desks facing each other, as well as grouping desks in pairs or quads, stimulates discussion which encourages motivation and class participation. Students learn how to work through their problems with others as well as socialize and work with different people. Explore different seating arrangements that might work for your particular subject, teaching style or class dynamic. Share what has worked for you or some other helpful advice in the comments below.
By: Emmelie De La Cruz