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Re: How do you mark the tables and routine/seating


Date: Thu Sep 09 2004 - 13:32:34 PDT

In a message dated 09/09/2004 1:30:34 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
Do certain personalities always pick certain seat locations? That has always
interested me. Now it also informs me about the students.
HA! I make up the seating plan with assigned seats for the year. I don't
let them sit where and with whom they want! First and foremost, I sit the
"attentioned-challenged" kids closest to the board/front of the room. I also have
my favorite locations for the behavior problems-at the ends of the long
tables. I surround them with the quietest "goody-two-shoes". I also combine the
table seating by putting the more challenged kids with the "sharpest tacks". It
reinforces the learning process for the slower kids- they can see what they
need to do by watching the student next to them. I often engage them to work
together, so the placement of the kids is of vital importance to me.

My "horsehoe" tables are 2 long tables put together end to end to make up 3
sides. In the middle is the demo table which they stand around BEFORE they sit
to do their work. At the top of the horseshoe, or opening, are their sinks.
Some of the kids do sit with their back to the middle, and those are kids (who
can handle this placement) I've strategically placed there.

Funny, when my kids were interviewed by Disney, ALL of them stressed how
"free" they feel to create in art. And yet, one would think I'm a control freak
by reading this post! They ARE free, in a structured enviroment. LOL.... It's
a beautiful thing!
Susan on Long Island