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Seating for Needs

Found in: back to school; learning student names; substitute teachers

I let the students choose their seats for the first week. This allowed me to get a feel for which students needed preferential seating – for whatever reasons. I created a seating chart and kept it for the quarter unless adjustments needed to be made. I made nametags out of clothespins and had the kids wear them for the first two weeks. I color coded them by teacher. I had them clip the name tags high on their shirts so I could see the name and the face. I had labeled pieces of cardboard on which they clipped the tags each day as they exited. I also saved the tags for use by a substitute teacher, if they wished to do so. Lastly, I worked on memory devices to help me remember some names that I had trouble with or to keep kids straight that I tended to mix up.


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