- Begin by listing your students by letter grade, high to low.
- Put an A student every 4th seat on the new seating chart. If you run out of A students, start using your high B’s. Think of it this way- “A” stands for “Anchor”; these A students will anchor and stabilize your classroom, allowing all the benefits you’re about the see.
- Now that you’ve got your model kids in place (that’s literal- they’ll be the ones modeling what you want done all throughout your classroom), next find the 2-3 most needy kids with the lowest grades, and put them where they won’t socialize too much. Place them fairly close to the front where you can keep an eye on them. Notice there’s a couple of A students close by; isn’t that awesome?! (*Note- if these needy kids are an uncontrollable behavior problem, then NO, DON’T put them front and center; they’ll wreck your class every day. Instead, seat them further back, to the side, and far away from their cronies.)
- With your A and F students in place, seat your B students 2 seats away from the A students. That’ll ensure that everyone else will have a decent or excellent student seated next to them.
- Fill the remaining seats with all remaining students- the C’s and D’s. Here’s what a completed seating chart might look like:
- Almost done! Lastly, take into consideration who the talkers are, who does and doesn’t get along. And don’t forget to factor in health issues like hearing and visual impairment, or other health-related issues, like diabetes.
( Click here to download a copy of all 4 stages of the seating chart in this article.)
Of course none of this guarantees those lower kids HAVE to perform now; but now they’re in a better position to succeed. You’ll also notice an improvement in the quality of your learning environment.
Curious if it’ll work for you? Give it a try right and see.