Karen Lassiter: In my classroom, I do not assign seats for students. I don't do that because I think that they need to take responsibility for their own work.
Karen Lassiter: Guys, remember to make wise seating choices.
Karen Lassiter: When I tell students where to sit, I begin the year by saying, "make a wise seating choice and by that, I mean sit by someone that is going to encourage you to do your work and help you if you need a helping hand.
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Karen Lassiter: All right.
Karen Lassiter: As they do that, then they begin to understand who is a good person to sit by and who is not.
Karen Lassiter: All right, remember that you need to make a wise seating choice and we have 2 girls and 2 boys at every table.
Karen Lassiter: I find that it's very difficult for 4 of either sex to sit together and not get off task. So we do 2 boys, 2 girls.
Karen Lassiter: Okay, so this is 10.
Karen Lassiter: I never tell students that they shouldn't sit together because there are times that if students understand what the difficult is - why they shouldn't sit together - then they can address that issue. If they understand that theyare always talking about other things, then they can learn to curb that conersation and work together simultaneously.
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Karen Lassiter: Armand, where should you be?
Karen Lassiter: When you have kids that are not good partners together, you need to pull them together, aside, and as you conference with children then they begin to understand what a wise choice is and why it's important for them to make that choice.
Karen Lassiter: You don't have anybody at your table? I can fix that. I'm gonna put you right here. Is that a good place for you, Aiden?
Karen Lassiter: As students take that responsibility for their own learning, what I'm finding in my classroom is that students will choose people that will complement them and help them to get their work done. And that's a real plus in the classroom.