Sunday, November 26, 2006

Seating Charts

The natives are getting restless, and chatty, and so it's time for new seating charts. I used to feel semi-bad about moving them around and deciding where they sit, but now I don't. As I tell them
1. it's not fair to always have to sit in the back/front/etc for the whole year
2. it's nice to meet new people

I poll them on quarter sheets of colored paper before I switch seats, to see if they have issues (eyesight/air conditioner/strong dislikes...), and to see how everything else is going in class and in life. I've gotten various positive comments back about seating charts, and I've noticed students actually making new friends after seats have been changed, so I guess it's a good thing ... AND quiet for a while.

And if I remember, the first day after seats are changed, I make sure to put 2 questions on the overhead for them to discuss with their new group (they sit in groups of 4 seats) for about 5 minutes, and then we class share, so that they get a chance to be forced to interact and learn each others' names.

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  4. Switching around students seats is a great way to mix it up for many students. I have found that splitting up loud groups helps the entire class, even the students that are distracting the class. Most students would like to switch things up from time to time so there is no reason to feel bad. I remember one of my teachers in high school would switch around the seats after every test so that everyone got to know each other. This was a great idea because it makes the students feel more comfortable in class. It is most important to get the students to interact right away; it is a great idea to have the students get involved in a quick, introductory discussion.

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