This is year 17 and I'm still learning. Up to a couple of years ago I would hand draw my seating charts. Then I moved to making a computer template that I would print and fill in with student names. Usually there has always been a lot of erasing as I methodically place the students in the best spot for them to learn, and then realize that so-and-so can't be next to them in that area. This break, after being inspired by Ladybug's Teacher Files, I decided to try a digital seating chart.
In powerpoint I created a simple background template with the approx. size to fit my most favorite seating arrangement (I call it the huddle). With my 32 students I fit 12 in the front row, and 20 in the second. I love this for many reasons, but mainly because 12 kids get the front row and I can see all faces very easily.
After the background shape, I made squares to fit the arrangement and added my student numbers. The asterisks mark the girls. I like to do a boy/girl pattern, it helps with the chattiness aspect in my classroom. I then color coded the boxes with the different learning levels. Red is IEP (1's), Orange is ADHD/504/approaching/keep a close eye (2's), Green is at grade level (3's), purple is advanced (4's). I like that I can easily switch colors as students move on up.
I switch desks at the end of every month, and this really was easy to complete (and eraser free). Since I use classroom numbers, I won't need to change the basic template for future months or years, just will need to move the boxes to find the new spots. :)
What have you recently started to do on the computer that you used to only do by hand?
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