At the beginning of the school year, let students sit where they want for a few days.
Then about the third day tell them that the next class period they should find a seat that they will keep permanently all year.
If there is no penalty for not working, they have no reason to work.
Class goes so much better when you can see your students. Position yourself so that most, if not all of the class is visible.
Once students learn there will be consequences for misbehavior, they usually come around.
Another strategy to motivate students to stay on task would be to have students who have not stayed on task remain after class for a minute.
” Open with couple attention getting comments and continue until everyone is with you.
Remember, don’t start teaching until all eyes are on you and everyone is in their seat.
As you work with a student at his or her desk, place yourself so you can see most of the class.
As you move around the classroom, don’t follow the same pattern.