Where students sit in your classroom can have a big impact on their interactions with each other, and by extension, their learning. Moreover, seating patterns among students can solidify very quickly, making dialogic possiblities all the more difficult. In this video, Tina Grotzer explains why she has students change where they sit at key points in the semester and how these changes affect classroom climate.
Tina Grotzer, Principal Research Scientist in Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Applying Cognitive Science to Teaching and Learning
- Consider your intentions for having students move around the room. Do you want to encourage student participation? Have them meet new people? Communicating your reasons to students can help justify your decision-making.
- Being intentional about your room setup from the beginning of the semester can help foster positive interactions between your students from day one.