Place seats in an open U-shape but with a difference. Generally, arrange the seats in two rows of seats facing one another. The open end of the U is to the side of the rows facing toward the middle of the room. The closed end of the U faces toward the center and the "front" of the room. The exact placement will depend on the number of students and the size of your classroom. [needs a picture]
When assigning students to their new seat, greet them at the door and point out where they sit as they enter the room. This will prevent chaos and confusion. Once students are in their new seats, remind them that they need to show you that they can make the new seating chart work. If students are a distraction in their new seat, do not hesitate to move them.
- How is your classroom arranged now? Do you have the flexibility to change desks around?
- Have you tried placing desks or chairs in different configurations? What was the result?
- Does seating arrangement affect your students? In what ways?
- Can students select where they sit or are they assigned seats?
- Are students seated so they can work together? Can students help one another from their seats?