Would you prefer to be a back bencher in a class?

@dpk262006 (53920)
Delhi, India
January 18, 2011 5:08am CST
Hi Friends! If you are in a class e.g. a training class or a workshop or something like that and you have privilege of choosing your seats, where would you sit? Would you like to be a front bencher so that you could get teacher’s attention and/or could understand the things in a better way or would you sit on the last bench so that you may not be get noticed by the teacher or for that matter if you happen to doze off, you may not be noticed……………! I prefer to be a front bencher rather than back bencher. Would also like you to share, when you were studying in your school/college, were you a back bencher or front bencher? Thanks for your responses in advance.
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• United States
18 Jan 11
Every class save science , I sat in the front. I never tried to get the attention of my teacher except in my junior history class. The first day I was completing his sentences!I'm nearsighted and I rather be ab;e to see the chalkboard than not be able to see or hear while in the back. In my science class I could care less And it was in a lab so I sat in the back.
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@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
19 Jan 11
Hi Sara! Though you would sit in the front row, yet you did not try to get the attention of your teachers........, it sounds interesting. What about present, would you sit in the front row, if you are attending a training course or a lecture at your work place?
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• United States
19 Jan 11
I thought I was invisible. Even when I knew the answer I never raised my hand . Teachers had to call on me And if I didn't know the answer I told them so. Now that I can choose what to study, I would sit in the front. I know I am visible but I still wouldn't raise my hand to be noticed.
@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
20 Jan 11
It means now you have the courage to sit in the front row so that you could clearly interact with speaker, if need be and could listen to him/her.
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@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
19 Jan 11
Ours was a rotational system by which we got to get equal chances of sitting in the front and last bench. That made it all fair. However, considering my height, I was always peeping through the gaps which made some teachers ask me sit in the front. And you will be surprised to know that a recent survey showed that the front benchers are more pranksters for they are, in most cases, not in the vigilance of the teachers. The back benchers on the other hand are always under eagle eyes.
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@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
19 Jan 11
Hi mimpi! I can understand that if it is through rotational system, you get an equal opportunities to sit in the front rows or on the back rows and you adjust yourself accordingly. So when the teacher would ask you to come in front row, did you use to come? What about present, if you are required to attend a workshop/training course relating to your work, will you sit in the front row? I am bit surprised to read the findings of the survey which states that front benchers are more pranksters. I love to sit in front if am required to attend any training course/workshop in my office and I listen intently to the speaker and I do not go for pranks. Manhy thanks for taking time and joining us with your wonderful experiences/views.
@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
19 Jan 11
We but had to follow by the rule and our school was known for its discipline and norms. And yes I did like the front bench. However, my best position was the second row. Being a silent kind of person, I find it more comfortable and you can still pay attention to the teachers and the lectures.
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@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
19 Jan 11
It means, even if you wish, you would not or could not come in the front row, in the school days . Sitting in the second row is as close as sitting in the very first row, that would make you front bencher.. You may be of silent type, but you would love to pay pattention to the speaker and loved to be noticed, is not it?
@eurekafemme (5881)
• Philippines
19 Jan 11
Hi, dear. My family name starts with the letter R and normally, if our seats were arranged alphabetically I was often seated at the the back, which I really hate . I'd prefer to sit at the front row because i can focus my attention to the lesson, I can see and hear my prof clearly thus understanding the lesson clearly too. I can avoid getting destructed by students or attendees who are not paying attention or doing other things from the back. Moreover, it gives me the feeling of superiority. :D. I don't know but students who want to sit at the front row are considered 'brave' and intelligent, while those who are at the back are considered otherwise.LOL But I love to challenge myself, I often do this especially when the prof is deemed terror by students. It is also my way of doing reverse psychology to myself which really works. Have a great day, my dear.
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@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
19 Jan 11
Hi eureka! It means though you did not get much opportunity to sit in front row, yet had you been given an opportunity you would have loved to be in the front row so that you could pay more attention to the lectures and could be noticed by the speaker. I appreciate you saying that sitting in front gives you a feeling of superiority, because I hold the same view that only brave sit in the front rows. I love to sit in the very first row and would like to be noticed and would like to listen to the speaker intently. Hope you are doing fine. Have a great day dear! PS - did you check up my previous discussion regarding 'Principles of natural justice, if you missed, please check and reply. (here is the link - http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2472773.aspx)
• Pamplona, Spain
19 Jan 11
Hiya dpk, Can I be a middle of the class bencher? I never liked sitting at the back or the very front of the Class in any kind of School or College. I always liked to sit in the middle. Well I liked that better because I found I was left alone and not asked for an answer every five minutes. If you were on the very front you were always pestered into giving quick answers and if you were at the back you were pestered because they thought you might be skiving So I preferred middle of the Class thank you very much.
@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
21 Jan 11
You could be allowed to be in middle . It shows that you do not want to be get noticed?. However, if you were to choose from the front row or the back row, which would you prefer?
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• Pamplona, Spain
21 Jan 11
Hiya dpk, Oh well that´s okay then I have always liked being a middle bencher. It could well be that I like to hide away so as not to get noticed. I like participating in Classes or learning things but not to be the leader at the front so I still prefer to be a middle bencher. One of my Classmates in the Junior School was Pravin Patel and he was a middle bencher but he was the smartest of the Class and always very quiet but gave some brilliant answers. So I think he was like me in a way we both liked to be left alone for a while at least. If you were on front benches the Teacher always played a game with me he had this very sharp Cane and he used to wham it on the Desk right in front of me if I sat at the front and I never flinched once and so he used to call me "nerves of Steel" He was hitting me with it he was hitting the Desk to see if we would jump that was in part to see if we were "awake" and paying attention too.
@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
22 Jan 11
I am happy to hear though you would like to sit in the middle benches, yet you used to pay or say would pay full attention to the 'speaker'. Pravin Patel sounds like an Indian (Gujrati name)?. Was their Indian students too in your class? Deepak PS - Thanks for add.
@SViswan (12095)
• India
19 Jan 11
I'd prefer the second row :) But I've always been a first bencher....mostly because of my height...I've always been the shortest or one of the shortest in the class. It is a misconception that the teachers pay more attention to the front benchers. In fact, it is the other way round...especially in a school. The teacher expects the back benchers to be naughty or doze off and focuses her attention there. She definitely does not expect the front bencher to be upto any mischief. But the truth is that I managed to get away with a lot of things sitting right under the teacher's nose because she wasn't watching me :P
@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
19 Jan 11
Hi SV! I think even if you used to sit in front row by default it would have helped you pay more attention to the speaker. Some teachrs may not pay more attention to front bechers, however, I have experienced in my training classes that if a teacher has to quickly ask a question, s/he will ask the front benchers first, may be on impulse. Wow! It means you were daring enough to play pranks sitting even in front row. Thanks for spaing time and sharing your experiences. Deepak
@SViswan (12095)
• India
19 Jan 11
lol...Deepak...I'm not as daring as many other people. I was comparitively a mild student and my pranks were mostly something that even teachers might dismiss or laugh over (later of course and not in front of us) even though she might appear stern then. I prefer the second bench because I don't want to be right in front and having the teacher glance at my notes (I make them in a way only I understand and don't like to be questioned about it)...at the same time, second row is close enough to pay attention too. Even in huge classes...when I choose the first of second bench, I will sit in the middle (as opposed to the extreme ends of the row) so that I am closer to the teacher and he/she will be able to see me if I have doubts. Unless there is a wide gap between where the teacher stands and the first row begins, teachers mainly tend to ask questions to students sitting in the 3-4th row. That is because of the ease in which to ask randomly. But if the gap bet. the teacher and first row is wide, then the students in the first row is targeted.
@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
20 Jan 11
I think that sitting in the second row will also make you 'qualify' as front benchers. I can understand your point that you did not want to be noticed about your notes, while sitting in the very first row. Sitting in the middle is also good, as it gives you full overview of the class and what is happening around.
@much2say (34688)
• United States
18 Jan 11
I always liked being in the back . . . AWAY from the teacher. First of all, I hated to be called upon . . . I can't think when I am asked a question in front of the class - very stressful for me. I was also a letter writer - ha ha - yes, I often did that while the teacher was lecturing (even though I was listening), but you can't do that if the teacher is right there. I was always a hungry student - and we weren't supposed to eat in class - but I needed to sneak in a snack - another thing that couldn't be done in front of the teacher. In college, we could just leave to go to the bathroom (not having to ask like in former years), so I liked to sit in the back and by the door in case I needed to slip out (so I don't make any kind of scene). Being back by the door was also good in case I was tardy. Geez, I just made myself sound like a terrible student, eh?
@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
19 Jan 11
Hi much! You have listed out so many interesting 'reasons' to sit on the back rows that many would like to follow your foot steps.. I agree with you that while sitting on the back benches - there are less chances that you would ask to answer a question. And you can always have something while sitting on the back row, as the same cannot be noticed easily by the teacher. Slipping out of class for bathroom from the back side..........is something very interesting.......and I liked this idea very much. Many thanks for sharing your experiences and enriching the post. I still believe that despite sitting on the back rows, you were a good student.
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@much2say (34688)
• United States
19 Jan 11
Hee hee - I was an "ok" student. I passed - hee hee. Oh and another thing - I was always self conscious about sitting up front - I didn't like it very much. I felt like with people behind me, I couldn't "see" what was going on with the rest of the class - even though I didn't need to. I will say the only time I did like being in front near the teacher was in my dance classes . . . I liked to be sort of a show off - ha ha!
@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
19 Jan 11
You have highlighted another advantage of sitting on the back bench, you can see what is happening in the front row and if you are sitting on the front row, you just cannot turn your back and see the actions [em]lol[/em. I agree dance classes could be something where one would like to be get noticed.
@allknowing (55160)
• India
18 Jan 11
Being the shortest in class (this is no longer true now as I have overtaken everyone !) I always got to sit in the front row and that would also be my choice. Being an extrovert I always made my presence felt.
@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
19 Jan 11
Hi all! It means your shorter height gave an opportunity to sit on the front benches and you availed of this opportunity, as you love to draw attention. What about present? If you are asked to sit in a class, will you choose the front row? Thanks for enriching the post.
@allknowing (55160)
• India
19 Jan 11
Yes I would prefer to take the front bench as I am not afraid of answering questions as normally teachers prefer front benchers!
@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
19 Jan 11
I welcome your choice and I am pretty sure that you won't mind answering if teacher asks something.
@sweet_pea (3326)
• Philippines
19 Jan 11
Back in college, we were seated alphabetically. Since my maiden name ends in V, I always end up at the back row, which I really don't mind. I really don't like recitations, so sitting at the back row, the teacher hardly see you. And it is easier to doze off when you are sitting there.
@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
20 Jan 11
It means dozing off and not catching the attention was suited you so you had no problem, sitting on the back benches. Welcome to mylot family and sharing your views.
@sweet_pea (3326)
• Philippines
26 Jan 11
Though the temptation to doze off is great when you are at the back, I hardly doze off because I'm scared that my teacher might caught me sleeping. It is just the recitation that I really don't like.
@katcarneo (1434)
• Philippines
21 Jan 11
I always chose to be in front. I was the sort of student who paid attention in class all the time and answered or asked questions and volunteered to do reports and the like. Needless to say, I was annoying. We have a word for that in the Philippines, "bibo" which can be both a good and a bad word. Good because you are a hardworking person, alert, and active and is good at what you do, and bad because people people find your enthusiasm unnerving.
@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
22 Jan 11
Hi Kat! It sounds great that you were a brilliant student in your class and you would show courage to ask questions in the class. You should translate the word 'Bibo' in positive sense for yourself, because many students do not show the courage and boldness the way you used to show. Many thanks for sharing your views.
@Sreekala (18782)
• India
21 Jan 11
Hello Deepak, I never been a back bencher but it does not mean that I was a brilliant student (lol). I was ‘short’ compared to my class mates and always got seat in front bench or second bench. There is always a misconception that back benchers wanted to skip the attention from the teacher or not interested much in studies. But I had some class mates who were brilliant in studies but due to their ‘height’ they had to sit in back bench. I like to share a funny incident here, there is a comedy actor in Malayalam film industry and he get into film world through mimics (now he is very famous). If he participate any event as a guest he never forget to tell about his school and his studies. He was a back bencher always because of his ‘interest’ in studies. Now he is a star regardless of his education background. It is very much fun to listen his speech about the bad performance in school (this incident can nothing to do with your topic, I remember about him when you talk about the back bench that’s all, he don’t mind to open up about his lack of interests in studies and share the comments from his teacher)
@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
22 Jan 11
Hi Sree! This misconception is incorrect that back bencher are not intelligent or avoid learning. As in your case, it is due to the system prevailing in the class taller but good students used to sit in the back benches. I think sitting in front rows did help you to learn and pay more attention to your teachers. Thanks a lot for sharing a very interesting incident and whatever that actor says in public holds true because a studious person does not get success always, many who are interested in other fields also succeed in their lives.
@vicereine (458)
• United States
19 Jan 11
Definitely a back bencher. I never ever wanted to sit at the front of the class or call too much attention to myself. I always managed to stay at the back and out of everyone's way so that ended up making me a loser in my high school but I could care less. I was able to fall asleep without the teacher seeing and I was able to concentrate more on my work when I needed to because I didn't have the constant attention from the instructor looking at me or questioning me all the time.
@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
21 Jan 11
So you love sleeping in the class and therefore, it suits you to be back-bencher.
@aprilsong (1886)
• China
19 Jan 11
Nice question. You know, when i was in college, and when we were going to have lessons in a big classroom. My roommates and i will take turns to go to classroom earlier to take the best seats. If we all go there just in time, there will be no good seats, and we will have to be in back benchs. It is ok if the lesson is not important, but if it is required course, we will can't take all the teachers put on the blackboard. And after graduation and enter working, the situation completely changed. When there is a lecture or meeting or something like that, i often try to go there earlier, but this time is not for front seats, but back benchs. Because being forced to listening to those useless things is really torturing me, so i try my best to find a good place to do what i can do in secret.:)
@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
21 Jan 11
It shows that you want to be a front bencher and you wish to pay full attention in a class. This is great on your part and you seem to be a good learner. Hope you will succeed in your life. Thanks for sharing your candid views.
• United States
19 Jan 11
I can't help but giggle a little over the fact that most posts here seem to think that seat/bench choice indicates the quality of a student. In some cases, I suppose it might, but then you have other cases. Like me. I, for instance, have always been a good student and tend to be very involved in the course. I listened to the lectures, never slept through class, and kept up my grades. I only sat in the front if assigned, though, because I'm really weird about having people sitting behind me. I'm not comfortable without a wall at my back. It freaks me out to have people sitting behind me. So, whenever possible, I'll continue to be a back bencher.
@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
20 Jan 11
I appreciate your bold response. I think none of the respondent before you explicitly said taht those who sit in first rwo are considered bright students. I am happy to hear that you were a very good student and you used to sit in front row. Interestingly, I would like you to go through the response at S.No.7 of this discussion, which is quite opposite to you. That member would love to sit on the back benches so that she could have an overview of the entire class. Welcome to mylot family and sharing your views.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
18 Jan 11
I guess for me it depends on the class. I have been back in school for a little over a year now. It's funny because in all my writing classes, I have wanted to be in the front. In my algebra class...well...I was more of a middle seat bencher I didn't want to be in the front or in the back. Every training session or class they have required of me at work, I would pick the front.
@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
19 Jan 11
Hi Jen! So your choice used to different for different subjects, it makes sense.
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@jaiho2009 (39079)
• Philippines
18 Jan 11
hello dpk, During school setting arrangement for seats is thru surname (last name) So,i don't get a chance to seat in front. But if we are having other activities i always want to be in the first row to have a better view (modules) and not to miss any discussion. Have a good day always
@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
19 Jan 11
Hi Jai! It means the arrangemen of sitting as per name did not allow you to sit in front rows . However, basically you love to catch others' attention and you would love to sit in the front row. I suppsose you were a very good student and still are. Thanks for sharing your views.
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@mark98 (570)
• China
18 Jan 11
If I could choose, I would sit in the front seat. So that the distance between the speaker and I closer.I feel the speaker so concerned about me.I'm also more interested in the same.
@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
19 Jan 11
Are you only concerned about the fact that the speaker should notice you or you keep other reasons in mind, while sitting on the front benches?
@cheravs (620)
• Philippines
18 Jan 11
I always use the front bench but in the last row either left or right. I have the privilege to hear the teachers or the professor more but less time to be seen if I am listening or not. But then always keep in mind to study always very well for the future. Happy mylotting!
@dpk262006 (53920)
• Delhi, India
19 Jan 11
Do you sit in the front row or the last row, I think benches in a class/training room are fixed in rows?
@KrauseHome (33259)
• United States
24 Jan 11
Personally for me, it depends on what Class it is, or Business development thing etc. as to where I would really like to sit. If it is something I feel I really want to get the most out of, I will try and sit more towards the front. But if it is a seminar or something I am not really interested in it really does not matter where I sit. Sometimes I want to be noticed more so sitting in the front is good but when called on it can be embarrasing if you know no one else there for sure.
@julyteen (13265)
• Davao, Philippines
23 Jan 11
When I was on my grade school I love to seat at the back but my teacher want me to seat at the front because I am small from the class so I no choice for me. When I was in high school I love to seat at the middle so no problem for me and the teacher but when I reached in college I like to seat on the front. I remember one time when my professor ask me why I seat on the front supposed to be she assigned my seat at the back. I told her "maam I like to seat here because I don't want to be destruct by my classmates at the back". She don't knew the real reason why I love to seat on the front. It's because my young professor was very beautiful and I always staring her.
@ckyera (17262)
• Philippines
22 Jan 11
hi dpk! When I as still studying I always sit at the back! haha From my elementary class till college. Not because I really ant to but because we are arranged alphabetically based on our surnames. So my Family name starts with letter "T" that's why I'm usually at the back. But there are times when we are seated at the front seat and its just fine with me. I don't mind where I am sitting as long as I hear the speaker well and I know that I can understand them. But...sometimes hen we are the one choosing our seat, I still choose the back bench...haha together with my friends, because when the session/class become boring, we can freely chit chat at the back without being noticed! lol!