Hello, 

For those of you who do not have a lab classroom I would like to know how you enjoy setting up your classroom? I like the idea of going against the traditional set up of all the desks/tables facing the front. So I would like to learn what worked best for some teachers and what did not and maybe explain why? Thank you for your suggestions and help!

Bekah

Rebekah Tetzloff
Rebekah Tetzloff
105 Activity Points

Hi Bekah!

I have done multiple field experiences recently with teachers who use non-traditional seating arrangements! A lot of classrooms I have been in will do clumped desks, or use non-traditional seating like yoga mats, wiggle chairs, rocking chairs, etc. I think flexible seating helps students who need to move to focus more on content when they do not need to focus on moving! 

Olivia Frick
Olivia Frick
2080 Activity Points

A big part of science is learning from others and disussing ideas with others. I think the best arrangement would be seating them in groups of 4 all facing each other. There are also these chairs that roll around and have desks attached to them and a basekt under the chair for their bags and it allows them to move around easily. This would help transitiong from lectures to discusions and group activities. It makes it easier to switch up the seating arrangements. 

Andrea Estevez
Andrea Estevez
865 Activity Points

Hello!

InTASC standard number three deals with the learning environment. Standard three states: The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self motivation. It is important to create a learning environment that fosters interactions, learning, and engagement.

when putting together the room or setting up we need to keep in mind the learner. one of the things I love seeing is flexible seating!
Yes they have fun seats but the fun seats are a privlage and it can be taken away if they dont use it properly.

link: https://www.parenttoday.org/how-teachers-use-alternative-seating-to-engage-students/

Bianca Loya
Bianca Loya
1830 Activity Points

Ive been in classrooms with may differnt seating arrangments and from personal experience group tables have been the best! the students are able to collaborate on appropriate assignment and really work together to explore new concepts. I think that it also is a privledge that can be taken away and the younger students really enjoy the group setting therefore there is better behavior. 

KayLynn Luster
KayLynn Luster
110 Activity Points

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