I'm just wondering who does assigned seats at circle time and if it has helped. I did it last year and circle time seemed to go so much smoother. This year my advisor wants everything very free-flowing, no name tags to change centers, no chosen seats at lunch, no assigned seats at circle. And yet when she observed my circle, she kept talking about all the distractions as I have to tell children to pay attention. Well . . . duh, they're sitting beside kids they like to talk with/mess with/aggravate. She wants me to give kids one warning then remove them to a chair outside of circle . . . that's still a lot of distractions to me. I do everything I can to make circle time more fun and interactive, but there's always going to be those kids that just need to talk/wiggle. I know assigned seats is not the most DAP, but is it really harmful?