Where you sit is an important decision that each and every learner makes each and every day. This week, while midterms and Regents exams were being given to learners, another teacher and I were discussing a seating chart for one of the classes that I will teach, starting next month. As a teacher, I want to ensure that each learner has the opportunity to learn, which maximizes instruction and a positive atmosphere, and I feel that a seating chart can help with that. While doing some research on not only classroom management, but how seating charts can be used as a way to improve the classroom environment, and time management I stumbled across this article, and it’s one that I found to be helpful.
We discussed where the strongest students were sitting and how we could strategically place them in the classroom so that they may help other students. Additionally, we talked about learners who struggle in the class and where they might be better placed. For these learner’s we felt that being as close to the front of the classroom as possible would be the best place for them, because they wouldn’t be able to hide in the back. In this particular class, there are at least 6 learners who have either and IEP or a 504 plan, and we discussed where they should sit, and what would be easiest for the co-teacher in the class to be able to assist them. This is still in the works, but is something I am thinking about and will consult the co-teacher on for her advice. While both of us meet to discuss implementing the seating chart, I will suggest that we use the information found in this article to guide our decisions on where each learner should sit.
Beyond just a seating chart I asked the co-teacher on her advice for how to best deliver content, and where I should be located in the classroom. She suggested that I do a PowerPoint with guided notes, which would allow me to move about in the classroom and not just at a white board. How this will look I am not sure, but I am taking in her suggestions and trying to find neat or interesting ways to incorporate them. She suggested that with the notes that I give that I find a way to differentiate them, so that everyone is receiving the content, and in ways that are helpful to them. This is something that I have no idea how to do, as I’ve yet to needed to be able to do it. This is something that I wish that my education classes would have been able to help me with, because I do not know how to do this or where to start.