Classroom Seating Chart Template
SeatGen has over 210 classroom layouts to choose from- raised tier amphitheater with high capacity seating, to medium horseshoes, to small seminar rooms.
Some typical classroom seating charts:
Typical classrooms are set up with five or six rows all facing the front. The teacher’s desk at the front and so are the screens and/or whiteboards. The aisles have enough space between them for the teacher to walk up to each student. This setup allows all the students to see the teacher and the board and screen. It also makes it easy for the teacher to hand out papers because he or she can give papers to each student at the front of the row. Tables and desks work for this setup.
Arranging desks in a horseshoe allows students to face each other and see the teacher. The horseshoe shape is preferable to a circle because the teacher and student presenters can easily enter it and walk around to engage the other students. The horseshoe usually is open at the front so the teacher can easily reach the desk and chalkboard. This setup also works well for handing out papers. Tables and desks work best for this setup.
A classroom that is split in half has half the desks facing right and the other half facing left. In this way, the students can see each other and the teacher or presenters can walk in the middle. This is useful for classes that are having debates or other interactive discussions. The teacher can choose to put his or her desk at the back of the classroom because the teacher will usually be more of a mediator in debate situations. This allows the teacher to sit in the back and allows the students to take more leadership roles. Desks and tables work for this common classroom seating chart setup.
Desk clusters are another common classroom seating chart template. They are often seen when students are doing a lot of group work. The desks are arranged in small groups, quite often four facing one another. The setting looks like little islands around the room. Each group is able to communicate easily with each other and the teacher can move between the desks to guide the students. Some teachers might opt to have the desk clusters as a permanent arrangement or they might only use it when the students are working on group projects. This works well in special needs classrooms because the children find it less intimidating and communicate easily with each other. Tables work well for this setup but desks are common because many students can turn their desk to form the clusters.
American University Washington College of Law
Billie Jo Kaufman, Associate Dean for Library and Information Resources and Professor of Law
SeatGen Case Study
The issue: over my years as a law librarian and professor of law, I have had many opportunities to co-teach classes with other professors and librarians. The class sizes average around 25, and the students are typically a mix of 2Ls and 3Ls. Most often the course co-taught is Advanced Legal Research, where one librarian might teach legislative history, another will focus on privacy, another on administrative law, and so on. It is very important to us that the transition from one librarian to the next be seamless to the student. None of us want to feel like the proverbial “substitute teacher.”
To accomplish this, we wanted a simple way to put names to faces before the semester or before our class. Washington College of Law is one of the largest law schools in the country, and while the law library truly is the heart of the law school, and while we know a lot of faces, we don’t necessarily know the names.
The solution: SeatGen solved our problem. We’ve used SeatGen for years as a seating chart program, and we used that functionality largely for attendance taking and optimizing cold calling. The flashcard feature was our godsend. We, the librarians, print the flashcards and learn the names that go with the faces – before classes even start. If we need a quick refresher before our scheduled class, the flashcards are there. We even get other information about the student such as their class year.
The happy ending: Students can no longer hide from the “substitute teacher.” But beyond that, the students respond better and engage more because we know who they are, even though we may only have 2 classes together during the semester. It makes us feel more in control of the classroom and fosters wonderful interaction between the professor and the student, and the students with each other. I even make notes on the back of the flash card after class to remind me of a particularly weak answer, so I can follow up with the student after class, as well as a very strong one. SeatGen has been a perfect solution for us.