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Posted on October 14, 2019 2:04 am
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Carla Crumb
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Set Up of the classroom
Is it old fashioned to want the seating in rows, with everyone facing the front. This way when teaching the teacher can teach facing front and be able to see the whole class at one time?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 14, 2019 2:38 am

aQamen
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I am not sure what the question is, but to my knowledge row seating is the best and most common option for teachers to use during the beginning of the school year. This way students focus are centered on the teacher instead of any distractions. Throughout the school year the teacher may change seating depending on their teaching style, activities, etc. If the teacher uses a lot of collaborative group work it would be best to keep the seating set up for that.
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Posted October 14, 2019 3:54 pm

uqaTaq
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This is not old fashioned, this type of seating has been tested and proven to be effective in the classroom. I would not recommend keeping students in this seating the entire year, though.
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Alec Muir
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Is this old fashioned? Yes.

Is being old fashioned a bad thing? Possibly. This depends entirely on what works best for your students. There are many ways to arrange a classroom and, while they all have their own advantages and disadvantages, they're not MANDATORY unless you are specifically having problems with everything else.
  Posted on: October 19, 2019 4:51 am

Danielle Brown
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I agree with this. I personally beleive that change is a good thing and switching up the seating arrangement throughout the year can be a good thing.
  Posted on: October 20, 2019 8:28 pm

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Solution 3
Posted February 17, 2020 6:04 pm

Desiree Boyd
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Try different styles, U-shape or groups of 4, learn your students to fit their needs.
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Solution 4
Posted February 19, 2020 10:51 pm

Brittany
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I don't see any problem with having the students in rows facing the front for you to see all of the students to teach. In my opinion, I like seating in squares or in some type of way so the desks are easy for the students to do group work or work with a partner.
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Posted February 20, 2020 6:36 pm

RamaJe
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I do not think that this is old fashioned. I think that whatever works best fr your classroom and for your students is how you should arrange the seats in your classroom. If that means that having the seats in rows with everyone facing forward then keep it that way.
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yJyLep
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I do not think it is old fashioned. For the first day especially, rows can be great because not all the students know each other. Later in the semester, it may be good to switch it up to a U shape, if students are presenting, or in groups, if students are working on group projects.
  Posted on: February 21, 2020 12:30 am

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Solution 6
Posted February 20, 2020 2:50 pm

TOliver
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To me row sitting is not old fashioned like any other room arrangement row seating has its pros and cons. It can be boring and offers a small amount of collaborative opportunities but,I do find it very beneficial especially during the beginning of the year. Great for testing and students are easily observable, more likely to stay focused and exhibit on task behavior.
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Solution 7
Posted February 24, 2020 2:25 am

Samantha Mayhew
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The way a teacher sets up there room is totally up to what they feel is best for the students, the room, and ultimately for themselves. If you prefer row seating, then use this in your classroom. Just keep in mind that it is harder for students to work in cooperative groups. I would suggest considering pairing kids in desks of 2 if you are doing row seating so that the students still have an opportunity to work with others.
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Posted February 24, 2020 10:18 pm

XuBety
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Yes, there are so many different ways to arrange the desks, and sometimes it helps the students focus more when their desks are arranged in a unique way.
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Solution 9
Posted February 25, 2020 7:55 am

sygaru
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Row seating has both positives and negatives. Row seating is proven to keep students on task most often compared to other types of seating and is good for testing, but students in the back are prone to misbehavior and it can be frankly boring.

Changing up your seating arrangements to reflect what is happening in the class is smart. Row seating is good for lectures, group seating is good for group projects, and cleaving the seats into two halves facing each other is good for class debates.

I would say to switch up the seating every now again to keep things fresh, like every nine weeks or so. I personally love group seating, and U-shape seating can also be very nice.
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