assigned seats?

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  1. MsMar

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    When I taught high school I always had assigned seats. I started the year off with them being alphabetical, with maybe a bit of tweaking to keep the tables gender even (I taught foods classes as a FCS teacher and the students sat 6 to a table and the 6 people all worked in one kitchen on food lab days and I tried to avoid groups with 5 of one gender and 1 of one). Then as the year went on I switched seats based on who was able to work best with who. A lot of the students didn't like it and would try to sit with whoever they wanted but I consistently made them move back to their assigned seats. Keeping chatting to a minimum with a table situation and 30 students was hard enough without the students choosing to sit with friends.
     
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    I had a math teacher in middle school who handed back tests from highest to lowest. Yeah, lovely. Although I usually was in the top half I still remember hating it. And she had this awful grin when giving the tests back to the lowest people like she took pleasure in their bad grades. Urgh.
     
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    I had a teacher in high school who did the same thing.
     
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    I think the students with As got to choose their seats and the teacher reorganized the other kids around their choices.
     
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    I post grades in my classroom with ID numbers. Some students get very competitive and it makes them work harder. I also post how many A's and B's each period has (and their class average) and it creates some competition between the periods. I don't fan those flames - no rewards for the highest, no punishments for the lowest, I don't even comment much about it, but it's there and they notice.

    I teach in a population where many students aren't checking their grades regularly even though they're available online. This gives them no excuse to know their grade. I also list how many missing assignments each person has.
     
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    I let them sit where they want for the first 3 half days because we don't get class lists beforehand, then over the weekend I make a chart seating them by first names so i can learn them faster. The seating chart gets tweaked throughout the year.
     
  7. Aliceacc

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    I assign my kids seats in alphabetical order before our first class, then move on to more important things.

    They don't spend a whole lot of time talking to their neighbors, so all that really mattrs is that they can see and hear; they know that if the've landed in a place where that's an issue, they can speak to me and I'll adjust it. If we do group work, everyone changes seats anyway.

    It's really a non-issue. Having a seating chart makes daily attendance go a whole lot quicker, and helps the sub when I'm out. It's really not something I spend a lot of time or thought on.
     
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    I'll have emotional/learning support students ranging from 7-12 grade. My class sizes range from 3 (with one doing computer based learning) to 20. Every single class will have assigned seats, even the class of 3.
     

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