Archive for August 2nd, 2012


Seating Arrangement Activities

August 2, 2012

From Education Week (via Jonathan):

Until recently, I usually seated students alphabetically while paying attention to gender. I’d also get feedback from previous teachers on whether I should watch out for any “bad combinations.”

However, these practices don’t demand anything from students. Nor do they provide immediate data about the nature of the class.

I’ve found that by engaging students in seating challenges, I set a positive collaborative tone from the first day. I also gain information about how each class will function—information that might otherwise take weeks to learn.

I’m not sure I’d want to do every activity, but they do look like something interesting to try.