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Sharing Seating Charts with Students


I always assign seats for the purposes of helping me learn names, taking attendance and controlling behavior. But getting students in the proper seats the first day (and every time I change the arrangement) was always a headache. This year I tried something new. I made copies of the seating chart and handed one to each student as they entered the room. By the time the bell rang, they had all found their seats and class was ready to begin.

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Classroom Management

Getting to Know Each Other

By Phil Nast, retired middle school teacher and freelance writer

Aids and activities to help teachers learn student names and to help students learn their classmates’ names in the busy first days of school.

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