Putting together several different points of view is what makes this article insightful for the teacher who is looking to change (or re-arrange) classroom seating. It presents a few key points on the whats and whys of seating arrangement – and that’s not to mention the suggestions from actual teachers too!
For me, the best part of this video is that it focuses on students with challenging behaviors (in terms of seating). It’s so helpful to see the real classroom, while having a real teacher explain her ideas.
This video doesn’t just focus on what’s good or what’s bad. I found the most helpful part is the way in which it includes both pros and cons. Including positives and negatives allows you to pick what works (or won’t work) for your specific students, and not what someone says is the ‘best’ way to do it.
I can see how the case studies and possible suggested strategies could really help any teacher to understand what an effective set-up looks like, and why. The diagrams are perfect for visual learners – completely helping you to see how the arrangement effectively impacts the students.
What struck me (from the start) was that this teacher admitted to developing her seating arrangement after having failures. Understanding that she ‘found’ her arrangement ideas through both successes and failures (and trial and error) made me realize that each way of organizing isn’t for everyone or every classroom. The ideas she highlights are creative, going above and beyond what a traditional classroom might look like.