I like your ideas. My classroom (Sinks and the like) is configured
differently, but I like the arrangement you described.
I let m students choose their seat the first day, but always 2 boys and
2 girls at a table. If there's an uneven #, then I let the group with
fewer kids come in first, then the other group. What the kids don't
know is that generally, this is the seating for a long time - maybe even
the whole year. Then I talk about playground buddies and art buddies
not always being the same friends. If they need to be moved, then I
move them and that sticks for the year. One other thing - when I have a
particularly difficult child whose behavior warrants it, I give them
their own desk, usually in a place where they cannot be a disturbance.
After that 1st class, I talk to the child and tell them that they will
not be punished but praised if they make the choice to sit by themselves
without my having to put them there. This has been a great help - often
they like to be at their own desk and recognize that they create better
art. This is something that always surprises me, but since they don't
get penalized for making the choice, some kids love it.
From: ARTNSOUL12@aol.com [mailto:ARTNSOUL12@aol.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 09, 2004 4:33 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: How do you mark the tables and routine/seating
In a message dated 09/09/2004 1:30:34 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
Do certain personalities always pick certain seat locations?
That has always interested me. Now it also informs me about the
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!