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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 issues

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

6 The most-often-seen classroom arrangements styles
Think of the advantages and disadvantage students as the audience focusing their attention to teacher. Therefore, this seating arrangement tends to create teacher-centric lesson. The problem with this arrangement is some students are going to have to sit in the corners and in the back of the room. it can be really difficult to monitor. 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
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

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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