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1. Organize the desks so that they benefit your ability to maintain control and efficiency.  
2. You decide where a student sits.
3. A good seating chart will help you identify a student by name from the first day. (Some teachers like to seat students alphabetically on the first day and rearrange them later. This is a good way of learning their names, it is up to you and your comfort level).
4. Make sure that the seating is done in such a way to avoid injury, especially in a science lab setting.  
5. Don't be afraid to move a student who is disruptive or is not paying attention. 
6. Change seats periodically to add variety and minimize social interaction.
7. Once identified put disruptive students near you so as to maintain control.
8. Leave adequate space for you and the students to move around.
9. For safety reasons never put desks so they block the exits.
10. During testing rearrange the desks so that students cannot get answers to questions.
11. On the first day put the student's name on their assigned seats so they can find their seats quickly. Let
them know as they come in the room too look for their names.
12. Establish a time out space for students who need to sit away from the class until they either cool off or
agree to follow the class rules.
13. Establish a procedure for students who have gastro-intestinal problems so that they will not distract the
other students. (call their parents and inform them of the problem)
14. Provide an unrestricted view of the chalkboard and your desk.
15. Put your desk somewhere you can see all the students yet does not block the view of the black board.
16. If computers are in your classroom, place them to avoid glare from the windows or lighting system.
17. In computer labs set up the monitors so you can view the student's progress and assure that they are not just surfing or playing games.
18. Arrange the desks so that you can see if a student is texting or twittering instead of working.
19. Provide an off-limits space where the students know not to be without your approval or supervision.
20.  A cute idea is to establish a cabinet near the desks where student tests, papers, reports etc are kept that have no names. (I called it the Tomb of the Unknown Student). If they don't get their paper, test or report back, they can check in the file).
21. Find out which students have physical or emotional situations that might require special seating arrangements and respond accordingly.

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