Your first lesson – Seating Plan by @Miss_Toppin

Name: Miss Toppin
Twitter name: @Miss_Toppin
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): English
Position: Teacher
What is your advice about? Your first lesson – Seating Plan

  1. NEVER start teaching a class without a seating plan; it is a critical teaching tool. Moreover students see that you are the authority in your classroom from lesson one.
  2. If you have your own classroom, decide how you want the desks laid out. Select a layout that will allow you maximum movement, visibility and access to student work.
  3. If you have data, use this to inform planning. If not, just randomly spread the students out; you will adapt your plan as you get to know them.
  4. Line you class up outside the room. Take them in in pairs and place them in your seating plan.
  5. Do not negotiate your seating plan with students! Inform them that requests can be made in writing at the end of the lesson and you’ll take them under advisement.
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