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you have any good ideas for seating plans? I have 22 classes and can hardly
remember the students names!
it would work if I assigned a number to each student?"
How many students? Maybe they could wear name tags until you memorize most of
I observed a teacher with a white board who had made a spread seat seating
chart for each class. It was the first slide she displayed at the start of each
class period, so children could check where to sit and she could check their
I tried numbers but most kids would forget. It got crazy at the beginning if
class sometimes. I just made a seating chart for each class and kept it the
same all year. It worked well.
I'm in a similar situation - I make seating charts which helps (including
assigned spots to sit on the floor for the littlest guys) but I'm open to
Melissa S: I have 19 classes and totally get this
issue. When I started, I made seating charts (my kids sit in rows, on a rug).
Because I see them 2x a week, I photocopied the charts and then made a Monday
group, a Tues. group, etc. I slid the papers into plastic protectors, back to
back (2 per protector) and stapled them together in the groups. After a couple
of months of using them, I had the names down and didn't need to continue being
so dependent on the chart. Later I would leave it on my table, next to smart
board, for a quick glance, in the case I forgot a name.
I teach 46 classes a week, so I understand. As part of my warm up for the first
few weeks, I throw a ball around and ask everyone their name. Then, once we've
covered greetings, the kids throw the ball around and can ask their name or how
they are. (As we cover more units, they have more choices of questions...what's
the weather, how old you are, etc.) I've been at the same schools several
years, so it's really just reminding myself of the returning students and
learning the transfers and kindergartners. I let my students chose their seats
until they show they can't handle it, but if I were to move to a new school
where I didn't know the majority of the students, I would have seating charts
for Early and Elementary Spanish Teachers: I also make seating charts for my
students. The homeroom teachers are helpful too. Every teacher gives me a chart
of their classes with the pictures of each child in their group.
Debbie: I do that every year. I do it by number in
teachers assign numbers so you can use the same numbers too.
it is easier to use sticks with numbers for every group. I have numbered lists
for every class that I can quickly check when they do not remember. It is good
for them to learn the numbers in Spanish, too!
:For the older ones, I use seating charts. I have chair pockets, which have a
space to put their name and group, as well as their cuaderno y carpeta.
: Hi Jodi, I have 16 classes and I do use seating charts. I keep the charts all
year, but mix the students up during activities for pair work, group work, etc.
so that they aren't always working with the same people. I feel it saves time
as far as them sitting down quickly and especially for me to pass back work. I
have taught in the same school for 15 years and I made an investment years ago
in this product:
: assign seats for older kids. The younger kids are usually on he floor and I
ask them to pick a classmate that is quiet and seated (& I specify girl/boy
for listening comprehension) and the kids all know each others names.
I reuse the labels every year and just update the classes as they move through
the years. So after the first year I only had to add my new first graders and
then reshuffle the names of the students in grades 2-8. I keep them in a 3 ring
binder and they are there for a sub to reference as well.