Throw Out Your Seating Chart and Try One of These 7 Ideas Instead
Shared from WeAreTeachers.com by Erin Macpherson
July 30, 2022by
School Aids, Inc, Elaine Swart
OK, spill:Have you started thinking about how you want to set up your classroom next year? It’s totally OK if you’re still in “summer” mode, however, around this time we always get excited about determining where and how students will sit. Do you want groups of four or five? Should the talkers be separated from the quieter ones? Here are seven seating chart ideas to keep in mind as you begin to sketch out your seating plan.
1. Consider “active” seating
Inflated gym balls and discs can be a great alternative to traditional seating, especially for students with excess energy to burn. You don’t have to swap out 25 chairs for yoga balls, either—purchase one or two and see how your students do with them.
2. Make your seating plan a learning game
We love this seating chart idea from math teacher Sandra Richards: For a certain period during the year she turns the floor of her classroom into a coordinate plane, and challenges students to find their desks by giving them an equation or a point in the graph. You could also adapt this idea for geography or social studies!
3. Embed peer tutoring into your seating chart
If you want to focus on a particular skill in the first months of school, consider doing some initial assessment and placing higher-level students next to lower-level ones. Just remember that your top students in one area won’t necessarily be the highest level for another topic, and that all of your students have skills they can share with others.
4. Incorporate private space into your classroom
The noise, lights, and commotion of the classroom can be overwhelming for some students. Make sure that you have a quieter space, such as a reading nook, for students to “check out” when they need it.