When I was in high school, I had several teachers that utilized socratic circles for English discussions, and I was thrilled to utilize the same practice in my class. Having been out of high school for a few years, I wanted to make sure I executed the socratic seminar effectively to achieve the most lively discussion possible. This resource has become my template, and I have used socratic seminars with all of my book units.
I worked in a small school with tiny class-sizes compared to my school days. Due to this, I really valued articles geared towards small classes, like this one. I appreciated that the teacher included pictures of her own classroom seating arrangements. Two of my favorite arrangements from this post are the Stadium Seating and the Modified U. I used each of these frequently in my class and found them to be conducive for classroom debates/discussions.
I found this video while doing research for one of my graduate courses on ideal classroom seating arrangements. For that assignment, I chose the horseshoe arrangement from the video as my ideal arrangement. When I completed my teaching internship, I did not end up using this arrangement, because my classes were very small. I feel that this arrangement is best for larger classrooms as it manages space best and prevents behavioral problems.
Before I read this blog post, I was the teacher that had to issue tape abuse warnings because of assigning seats with taped numbers on desks. After reading this post, I realized that my grand idea of assigning seats wasn't so grand or sneaky in any means. If you find yourself in this very same position, I promise it is not too late! I decided to mix things up mid-year using the ideas presented in the resource, and I found that my kids had fewer behavior problems and less complaints.
This video demonstrates a way to assign seats with numbers. I actually used this method during my first few weeks of teaching. However, I used pictures rather than numbers. I had pictures that related to my classroom theme. I think this is a fun and random method for assigning seats. However, I did have problems with students trading cards to sit next to their friends. I think this method works best for the first few days of school when students are still getting used to everything.
I feel that this article is a good starting place for those that don't yet understand the importance of effective desk arrangements. I know that when I started out, I believed desk arrangement was only about aesthetic properties, but this article showed how much more it really is. If you've already realized how important seating arrangements are, you may enjoy this concise reminder of the benefits in behavior that proper desk arrangements can provide.
I absolutely love this website, because it offers classroom arrangements for all different class sizes. I had three class periods, and they varied in size dramatically so I really valued the class size options on this resource. Additionally, you can contact the website creator if you have a class size not listed. Another feature that I really appreciated about this resource was that it described the best use for each desk arrangement.