Seating for Needs
August 19, 2010
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.