Ah, the infamous struggle for a teacher to rearrange her seating chart.
For some reason, students get very attached to their seats. Every teacher faces the battle of unseating a child who is causing a mild to severe disruption in class. Every teacher has tried moving those distracted from distractors who may be too stubborn or defiant to move when told. On a level day, it is not worth providing the platform for a potential standoff between child and teacher. On days when
But really, who wants to be the teacher who calls the dean, or home, because a student was defiant by not moving his seat? In order to make most day level days, a teacher must think smart, calculate moves and know the outcome before acting.
I once sat in girl's seat before she came in. She was always causing trouble and would never move when told. There's nothing worse than a student who comes in late and disrupts the learning of others. She came in that day, and there I was in her seat. She didn't know what to do. She looked around for a while and eventually sat quietly across the room. She was effectively displaced. I did that for two days and she got the point.
Today my co-teacher and I enforced new seats with a usually really good but very talkative class. We warned them yesterday that it would happen-- so they couldn't complain today-- and wrote their names at the top of their work, filtered them into the room with the instruction greeting: good morning, find your seat, get started. It worked like a charm. Thoughtful, purposeful seating is key!
A particularly troubled, hold-over was placed facing one other student and the sink area, and surrounded by students who are extremely focused and not going to pay him any mind. A particularly talkative, can't-tell-her-nothing student was placed facing one student and the teachers' desk.
The students were effectively displaced. From time to time, a teacher must throw off her students simply using the power of a seating chart. It was nice to learn yet another lesson of transference, from self-contained classroom management to general education. After years of navigating seating wars, I've come to accept that seats give some students power. Teacher lesson reinforced: change seats, shift energy, maintain order in the classroom.