One of the key decisions that teachers need to make when they begin a new teaching year is classroom arrangement. Few of the items that need to be decided include where to place the teacher desk, how to place the student desks, and whether or not to use seating charts. Teachers typically place their desk to the front of the classroom. There is nothing that says, however, that this is the way it has to be. There are advantages to placing the desk in the back of the classroom while being in the front of the class affords the teacher a good view of the student's faces. The teacher has less of a chance of blocking the student's view of the board for one thing by being in the back of the classroom. Less motivated students will choose to sit in the back of the class even though the teacher's desk is placed in the back in addition to this. Finally they might feel less intimated by not being 'on show' in front of the classroom in case a student needs help from the teacher.

Classroom arrangement

The next step is to decide how you will arrange student desks after playing the desk of the teacher. There are four main arrangements that you can choose from. You can set up desks into straight lines. This is the normal way in which student desks are set up. In a typical class, you might have five rows of six students. The benefit of this is that it affords the teacher the ability to walk between the rows. The negative is that it doesn't really allow for collaborative work. Often work in pairs or teams  you will be moving the desks a lot in case you are going to have students. A second way to arrange desks is in a large circle. This has the benefit of providing ample opportunity for interaction but hinders the ability to utilize the board. Also when having the students take quizzes and tests in that it is easier for students to cheat it can be challenging. Another method of classroom arrangement is to have students sit in pairs, with two desks touching each other. There is a greater chance for collaboration to occur and the teacher can still walk down the rows helping students. The board is still available for use. A couple of issues, however, can arise including interpersonal problems and cheating concerns. The fourth method to arrange student desks is in groups of four. Students face each other, providing them ample opportunity for teamwork and collaboration. Some of the students, however, might find they are not facing the board. Further, there can be interpersonal issues and cheating concerns. In case a specific lesson calls for it, most of the teachers opt to use rows for their students but have them move into the other arrangements.