Teaching Secrets: Get to Know Students Through Seating Challenges
Where do I sit? It's the universal first question, at the top of students' minds as they cross the threshold of my room on the first day of class.
Many teachers start the semester with students seated alphabetically: It's easy and aids in learning names. Others may wait to make a seating chart until they get to know their students.
I've tried both of these approaches with my 8th graders. Until recently, I usually seated students alphabetically while paying attention to gender. I'd also get feedback from previous teachers on whether I should watch out...
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