9th grade math - 16 students in groups of 4 is what I currently have. Students were assigned their seats at the beginning of the school year. This is my first year having the students in groups instead of some form of rows and columns, and with this particular class, it has been a major struggle with some groups not getting along nor being productive, as well as getting every student’s focus when it is time for direct instruction. No matter what new seating chart I come up with, I don’t foresee it resolving all of those issues. There is also currently one group of students who work really well together, and one of them asked me if they could stay together as a group when I change up the seating chart. I told this student I would think about it, but in my head, I had already determined that that wouldn’t fly. My plan: Since my classroom size supports up to eight groups, and this is a class about half that size, I am thinking of splitting them into two-to-three student teams. The idea with this is that it will be easier to get their full attention when I need it, as there will only be two-to-three people involved in each intra-group conversation as opposed to four, meaning less distractions/competition for attention. I also plan to let students choose their teams with three stipulations: (1) Every student has new group members, meaning no two students are in a new group who were already together in a previous group. (2) Every team has two to three members; there are no lone wolves and no teams of four. (3) I reserve the right to partially or fully modify the seating selection if at any point I judge that things are not working out. My hope is that by giving them some choice in their groups, students will be more likely to own their behavior for fear of being moved. Additionally, with me throwing them a bone in the manner of allowing some choice, I think they will feel that I am treating them more maturely and start to subconsciously try to act more mature. I wouldn’t do this with every class, but call it a gut feeling with this class; I figure worst case scenario, I have to reassign seats in a week and am back to square one. If you have read this far, here is what I would appreciate from you. Either (a) offer me suggestions to try to improve this plan I have so that it goes more smoothly, or (b) poke all the holes you want in the plan and tell me why it is a stupid idea. Right now, I am thinking of implementing this plan on Monday, but maybe there are things I am overlooking and I should not do it. Thank you so much! I love that we can professionally exchange ideas on this forum.