Do you think the teacher should assign seats to students?

@RodrickH (9054)
China
April 26, 2018 7:49pm CST
I guess teacher may optimize the assignment of seats so teacher should assign seats. But there is disadvantage. What do you think?
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@id_peace (6965)
• Singapore
27 Apr
Yes certain students needs to be positioned at certain place. You cannot put a tall student in front and block the view of the rest of the students at the back
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@RodrickH (9054)
• China
27 Apr
Yes, I remember there is a tall guy which is assigned in the front of our classroom so other students are complaining they can't see anything
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@id_peace (6965)
• Singapore
27 Apr
Yes worse if the kid is like Shaq O Neal
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@sabtraversa (13336)
• Italy
27 Apr
I'm in favor of that, a 'cyclic exchange' of seats would be nice. It would help students to socialize with the whole class, and a teacher usually knows what a student needs, while students are driven by interests that aren't usually 'academic'. What would the disadvantage be?
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@RodrickH (9054)
• China
27 Apr
That's true, when I was a primary school student there is a "cyclic exchange", we will exchange our seats once a week, the disadvantage is if the teacher don't know about his or her students better the assignment of seats won't be optimized
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@sabtraversa (13336)
• Italy
27 Apr
@RodrickH Right, the teacher should probably let the students choose at the beginning of the term, that can also tell about their personality and intentions.
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@NJChicaa (40323)
• United States
27 Apr
At the middle school level (10-12 years old) I did assign seats, but now that I teach high school, I don't bother. Some of my peers who teach the same subject and same level do but I don't. I believe that teenagers need to grow up at some time and take responsibility for themselves. They need to learn how to pay attention, how to not to be distracted, etc. I don't assign seats to my students but they all seem to sit in the same spots throughout the year as if I did. If there is an inter-personal issue between students, then I move them. Otherwise, where they sit is their business. It is up to them to pay attention, take notes, not be on their phones, not talk to their neighbor, etc. I really try to stay out of it. At the high-school level, students need to take responsibility for where they sit in the class and their focus on the lesson. . . which means my students can sit anywhere in the classroom that they like. I don't believe in assigned seats.
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@RodrickH (9054)
• China
27 Apr
it's nice that you won't force students to sit somewhere they may not want to, I agree that students should realize that they should be responsible even for themselves, I mean no one will force you to study, they should be responsible for themselves by studying and have a better life
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@Daelii (5636)
• United States
27 Apr
I think it depends on the type of class. Younger kids the teacher should assign seats. Older kids should be able to select where they sit.
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@RodrickH (9054)
• China
27 Apr
Yes, that's a good idea, older kids should learn to be responsible so no need to assign seats