Carefully planning a seating chart can make the difference between a disruptive class and a focused one. The key is to find an arrangement that suits the needs of both the students and the teacher. Consider your teaching style and your students' personalities when creating the chart.

Arranging the Desks

First, choose an arrangement for the desks. The two most common arrangements are table groups and rows. These two arrangements offer different benefits. Table groups give more classroom space and are beneficial when students work collaboratively. Rows are useful during instruction time and independent work. You can set up rows in a variety of ways such as in pairs, in a U-shape or angled, so that students will face the blackboard or the white board.

Arranging the Students

You need a drawing of your desk arrangement and your class list. First, place students who need accommodations, such as proximity to the chalkboard or those who need additional space for modified equipment. Next, place students who are easily distracted or who tend to be disruptive. Place these students in the front corners of the room so that you can redirect them without disrupting the rest of the class. Place the rest of your students according to their personalities. Separate the strong leaders and try to have at least one strong leader at every table group or row. Mix the quieter students with the more talkative ones and the less-motivated students with the more highly motivated.

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