By Laura Segerson
Tip 1: Use Sitting Spots During Carpet Time
In elementary classrooms everywhere, teaching students how to sit on the carpet while learning is an important procedure to explicitly teach. Students love to race one another to get there first; they also love sitting next to their best friend in class so they can chat during the lesson. It can get quite hectic at times, and it is the perfect scenario for chaos.
However, it can also happen in a way that is quick and seamless. The teacher calls students to the rug. They walk calmly to their bright colored sitting spot, which is already marked on the carpet. They quickly sit down, ready and eager to learn. This is the exact scenario teachers are looking for in their classroom. By using sitting spots as place markers on the carpet, it saves time during the transition and allows students and the teacher to get back to learning quickly.
Tip 2: Line Up Using Sitting Spots
Lining up to leave the classroom is an important procedure that needs to be done well. This is because it occurs many times each day. This tends to be another time that students run, skip, and try to be with their friend.
So how do Sitting Spots help with lining up? They give students an exact place in line. No more wondering who goes where; students simply walk to their spot and wait to leave the room. This tip will also cut down on the time it takes to transition from their desks to the line. This will increase the amount of time you can teach before lining up as well.
Tip 3: Sitting Spots Help with Grouping
Grouping students is an important aspect of teaching. There are several times each school day to group them in different ways. There are times students should be placed together based on ability, skill, and even just a random collection. Each can be done using Sitting Spots. Teachers can attach the star (or circle) to the student's desk, and then the teacher can call a certain color group to meet. The teacher can also ask for a red star to meet with an orange star or a yellow star to meet with a blue star. This will allow students to work with different partners while still meeting the grouping needs the teacher is trying to accomplish.
I hope you enjoyed these 3 classroom management tips for using Sitting Spots in your classroom! Sit Spots alleviate classroom chaos quickly, easily, and efficiently. Comment below with your favorite tip shared here or your own method of using Sitting Spots in your classroom! I can’t wait to see all the amazing ideas you’ve come up with!