Seating Charts

Seating charts can be used to group together kids by personality. It all depends on the class that the students are in. If you know the class will run better with compatible personalities, you could group together kids that way. Or, you could take the opposite approach and group kids together with diverse personalities to see if they could cooperate and each give different inputs. If a child is overly active in class, it would be appropriate to place a student next to a calm child so that they could counter act each other. Or, you could place the problem children closer to your desk so they are easier to see and control.

Here is a link to a seating chart template
Seating Chart Template
"Using a Classroom Seating Chart: :Preparing Classroom Desk Arrangements." Classroom Organization. Web. 05 Mar. 2010.

Seating charts will be the best way to keep your classroom under control. Seating the kids in seats by their last name or first name is often what the first time teachers will do. The negative part to it is you may figure out that you sat two talkative students next to each other. So you may want to let the kids sit in the seats they want to and look around to see who is talking a lot and who is actually paying attention. This is how you will know where to sit certain students.
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To create a seating chart that changes often, print out a blank table of columns and rows. Then, write each student's name on a sticky note, and place the sticky notes in the table's boxes. Move the sticky notes around the table until you create a seating chart that works for you. Give students seated in the back of your classroom the option to move closer to the front if they have difficulty hearing your voice or seeing the board on which you write

Seating charts are an organization tool. Whether the teacher uses it for splitting up students that disrupt the class by sitting by each other, or just to learn their names. During the first week teachers usually sit the students in alphabetical order to make it easier on themselves to learn the students names. When making a seating chart you have to keep in mind that things will change, so make the seating chart flexible.

Seating Charts
Seating charts can be very helpful in organizing your classroom. Most likely, if you let students choose where they want to sit then they're probably going to choose ti sit with their friends and their work will never get done. There are many different ways that you can group your students. You can group students together by their levels of learning. There are also different ways you can arrange your classroom. Theres the traditional way; row by row, theres discussions and debates, which is the class split in half with the desks facing each other, theres the horseshoe which allows class discussion to be easier, and theres group work, where the desks are grouped together.

Here is a link:

Citation: Kelly, Melissa. "Beginning of the Year Teacher Strategies." Beginning of the Year Teacher Strategies. Web. 17 Mar. 2010.

~ Jelissa White
March 20, 2010

1. Organize the desks so that they benefit your ability to maintain control and efficiency.
2. You decide where a student sits.
3. A good seating chart will help you identify a student by name from the first day. (Some teachers like to seat seat students alphabetically on the first day and rearrange them latter. This is a good way of learning their names, it is up to you and your comfort level.)
4. Make sure that the seating is done in such a way to avoid injury, especially in a science lab setting.
5. Don't be afraid to move a student who is disruptive or is not paying attention.
6. Change seats periodically to add variety and minimize social interaction.
7. Once identified put disruptive students near you so as to maintain control.
8. Leave adequate space for you and the students to move around.
9. For safety reasons never put desks so they block the exits.
10. During testing rearrange the desks so that students cannot get answers to questions.
11. On the first day put the student's name on their assigned seats so they can find their seats quickly. Let them know as they come in the room too look for their names.
12. Establish a time out space for students who need to sit away from the class until they either cool off or agree to follow the class rules.
13. Establish a procedure for students who have gastro-intestinal problems so that they will not distract the other students. ( Call their parents and inform them of the problem)
14. Provide an unrestricted view of the chalkboard and your desk
15. Put your desk somewhere you can see all the students yet does not block the view of the black board.
16. If computers are in your classroom, place them to avoid glare from the windows or lighting system.
17. In computer labs set up the monitors so you can view the student's progress and assure that they are not just surfing or playing games.
18. Arrange the desks so that you can see weather a student is texting or twittering instead of working.
19. Provide a space for you where the students know it is offlimits to be without your approval or supervision.
20. A cute idea is to establish a cabinet near the desks where student tests, papers, reports etc are kept that have no names. ( I called it the Tomb of the Unknown Student). If they don't get their paper, test or report back, they can check in the file)
21. Find out which students have physical or emotional situations that might require special seating arrangements and respond accordingly.
Source: "Classroom Seating." Educational Resources. Web. 22 Mar. 2010.

Ryan Schmutz -
1. Focus on what will make the most people happy. That is the goal after all, isn't it?
2. Place close family and friends closest to the bride and groom. This protects against hurt feelings.
3. When assigning specific seats, be sure to use place cards. This can be done with 'tent' cards or if you choose you can develop the theme of your wedding decor by choosing place card holders.
4. When using round tables couples are traditionally seated next to each other and then seated in the same alternating male, female pattern.
5. When using long tables, couples are customarily seated opposite each other and in an alternating male, female pattern.
6. Avoid tables that are a sole family group. Part of the idea is to get your guests to mingle with the rest of your guests. Though you are attempting to seat your guests in such a way that they are comfortable, you cannot forget the other goal - getting your guests to mingle. You have to find a proper balance.
7. Make sure that everybody is seated with someone they know well enough to be comfortable with.
8. Where feasible cluster your guests (especially those who do not know each other) by interests to encourage interaction. For example, you have a friend from college who will be attending who is an avid skier and your groom has cousins who everyone says lives on the slopes. This might be a good pairing.
9. When similar interests are not known, you could potentially achieve the same thing by designating your reception tables by the names of significant places to you along with a story about why that place is significant in your life. It might spark some conversations and for those in the back it is better than sitting at table number '43'!
10. Do have fun seating singles together, but do not be obvious and avoid at all costs a table just for single people. Such an arrangement is exceptionally uncomfortable for most everyone at the table.

"Ten Tips Toward a Wedding Reception Seating Chart." EzineArticles Submission - Submit Your Best Quality Original Articles For Massive Exposure, Ezine Publishers Get 25 Free Article Reprints. Web. 23 Mar. 2010.

Seating charts are crucial for having a successful year in the classroom. Developing seating charts help prevent students from talking in class. Seating charts also help the with learning students names. Having set seating charts makes the class run smoother. You could do attendance without interupting students while they're working.

Sasson, Dorit. "Using a Classroom Seating Chart: :Preparing Classroom Desk Arrangements." Classroom Organization. 26 Mar. 2007. Web. 23 Mar. 2010. <>.

This is a really neat link that can help you organize your classroom, and play around with the furniture you have without lifting a thing! Its cool all the things you can do with it, and how many options they have avaiable to you.