Assigned seating or not?

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    Hi everyone. How do you seat students when they come in the first day of school? I know many let them sit where they want. My problem with that is I don't want them talking to their friends when I am introducing the class- I want full attention. I also want them to be a little off balance so they are more cautious and focused. Lastly, it sends a message that I am the one who decides classroom policy.

    My method on the first day is a bit tedious though, so I am looking for suggestions on how to get them in and seated fast.

    I am also looking for a good free program or website for creating seating charts. I hope someone can help with this, as I prefer recommendations. Thanks.
     
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    I assign seats right away. I am not so worried about talking as I am about my ability to quickly learn their names. Does your school utilize a SIS or LMS? Many of them have seating chart sections built right in. I really like the one on Canvas because students can also use it to take attendance via the SmartBoard.
     
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    I am looking for a program I can just download for free and use. Can Canvas do that?
     
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    Sophomores have assigned seats. My senior level courses are small. They will get the privilege (and I make a big deal of this) of choosing their seats in the front of the room. I reserve the right to-and have- assign seats to seniors who cannot behave appropriately.
     
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    I teach 8th graders and the thought of allowing them to pick their seats is scary. On our gradebook we have access to their scores. I basically group them by their levels. I like to have at least one higher level kid paired up with a lower level child. And if they happen to be sitting next to a friend, then they lucked out. Nothing is forever though. If I need to make adjustments, I'll do it quickly.

    The first couple of weeks are their honeymoon phase though. They were relatively great last year. It was a couple of weeks into it that the behaviors started to make an appearance.
     
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    I give them a card when they walk through the door that they then match to a desk. I do not understand why anyone who waste time calling out seats as the first impression of their class.
     
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    I teach 8th grade ELA. What does this mean? I have them for around 90 minutes. I've got nothing but time.
     
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    Giving a choice of seating assignment is something that needs to be earned in my classes. No one has earned anything on Day 1, or even Day 20. MAYBE, then we will talk!
     
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    I do not assign seats immediately on the first day. I let them come in and sit by their friends so I know who to separate! :)
     
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    That's actually really hilarious. Halfway through class, "I know who your friends are now! Get up and move!" :cool:
     
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    I make them sit alphabetically by last name on the first day. It helps me learn names easier and it sets the tone that I am in charge of where they sit. Most times, letting the students choose is a recipe for disaster early on. if they earn the right to sit where they please, I may loosen up
     
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    Lol last year I had a few of those. Can't say I didn't love them. Those kids knew how to make me smile
     
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    Oh mine tested me. FOR SURE! They love to see where those boundaries are.
     
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    Works like a charm every year!! They always think it's really cool they get to choose their seats, so I get some street cred.
     
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    I've been known to sit my biggest talkers with each other. They talk each other's heads off, but they leave everybody else alone. Of course, it was a last resort, but there are actually some kids who can talk and get their work done.
     
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    Ok, so what I'm getting here is that if you let them choose their seats, they will be happier with you, but will talk too much. I don't want to risk that, and also if they never got to choose their seats in the first place, they won't get upset when you have to move them.

    But how do I get them seated when they first come in? Someone mentioned giving them numbers, but wouldn't that be random as opposed to alphabetical?

    Also, I still need recommendations for a seating chart program, please.
     
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    I do horseshoe seating and boy girl boy girl until I run out and then just randomly pair the left overs. I don't do alpha because I never plan on keeping them that way. What I may end up doing is printing out their pictures and posting them on the desks to help me. :) I had these desks so I wrote their names in chalk marker. It was fantastic.

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    I have student names on index cards placed at the assigned seats. Students walk into class and find their seat. Bellringer for day 1. I then collect the cards and save them in case I find the need to change assigned seats.
     
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    Okay that makes sense. What's "Bellringer"? Also, doesn't it take time to make all the index cards for 100-200 students?
     

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