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1 CLASSROOM ARRAGEMENT Why Class Arrangement Questions to consider Basic Principles Classroom Arrangement styles

2 Why classroom arrangement? The main cause of off-task behavior is classroom seating arrangement. ( Bonus & Riordan, 1998). Room arrangement affects the learning process, student behavior, and student engagement. ( Florman, 2003; Lackney & Jacobs, 2002; Proshansky & Wolfe, 1974; Richards, 2006; Strong- Wilson & Ellis, 2007; Susi, 1989; Weinstein, 1977). We need spaces for activities To make sure that we can monitor To iptimize the teacher role and students role To avoid the teacher centredness issu es

3 Questions to consider when arranging classroom layout:  Can I see the faces of every single student and can they see me?  Can everyone see the board (if you're planning on using it)?  Can the students see one another?  Can I move around the room so that I can monitor effectively?  Is the layout can facilitate the students’ activities?  Is there any student with special needs that I have to facilitate?

4 Basic Principles of Classroom Arrangement  Reduce congestion in high-traffic areas.  Make sure that you can easily see all students.  Make often-used teaching materials and student supplies easily accessible.  Make sure that students can easily observe whole-class presentations.

5 Auditorium style Face-to-face style Off-set style Seminar style Cluster style Classroom Arrangement Styles

6 The most-often-seen classroom arrangements styles Think of the advantages and disadvantage Row seating reduces talking. (Koneya, 1976; Ridling, 1994; Silverstein & Stang, 1976; Wannarka & Ruhl, 2008; Weinstein, 1979). Row seating impedes a teachers ability to walk between student desks and assess learning. ( Weaver Dunne, 2001).

7 Variations of Classroom Seating Arrangements

8 Variations of Classroom Seating The Action Zone “Action Zone” Students in these seats are more likely to interact with the teacher, ask questions, and initiate discussion.

9 Variations of Classroom Seating An Example of an Effective Elementary School Classroom Arrangement 9

10 Variations of Classroom Seating An Example of an Effective Secondary School Classroom Arrangement

11 Few facts about cluster seating  It is ideal for socially facilitated learning. (Patton, Snell, Knight & Florman 2001).  It promotes “innovation.” (Raviv, Raviv & Reisel, 1990).  Students like each other more and communicate better when facing each other. (O’Hare, 1998; Bovard, 1951).


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