Classroom Seating Plans.

The layout and organization of your teaching and learning areas is a major factor in successful behaviour management. Ranging from the “sit where you like” approach, to the carefully structured social or ability grouping systems; system plans and layouts in classroom can vary tremendously.

Unless a seating plan is school policy and should be adhered to all times, it isn’t necessary to have a seating plan for all occasions. However, do consider the positives and negatives of such an approach and then decide how to structure your classroom.

Some important considerations when attempting to provide the ideal teaching and learning environment:

  • access and movement;
  • individual needs;
  • distractions;
  • social groupings;
  • curriculum requirements;
  • safety.

A more effective approach to the seating arrangement is to involve the pupils in the decision making process; apart from your own knowledge and requirements for activities such as:

  • group discussions;
  • one-to-one pupil meetings;
  • peer mentoring;
  • ability groups;
  • social groups;
  • inappropriate pairings.

Agreed seating plans should be recorded and made available to all teachers  teaching in the room, and should be consistently adhered to.  The plan should also state clearly what is expected and will put an end to potential confrontations about who can sit where.

The teacher should make sure that at the end of each session,the students leave the seating and desks in an organised and neat fashion, ready for the next group to us the room.


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