In my middle school room there are tables that seat 4 to 6 students per
table. Most of the time I have 4 students per table so on the first class I
have the students line up, boys on one side girls on the other. I then tell
the boys that they have to arrange themselves so that there are two boys per
table. I give them a few minutes to do that and suggest that if they cannot
do it themselves I will do it for them. Needless to say they find a friend
and a table. The I tell the girls to do the same. Once they are settled I
inform them that as long as their work gets done they can stay where they are.
I used to let the students sit wherever they wanted to but wound up with all
boy and all girl tables. The above arrangement works well.
In a message dated 6/25/01 6:01:50 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< I'd rather for them to come in, sit where they want to...and that way, I
find out generally where they SHOULDN'T be sitting or who they shouldn't sit
beside...but as long as they work where they are seated and there are no
problems, I don't have a problem with where they sit. >>