December 3, 2016
If you are anything like me, you hastily sketch out a new plan at the absolute moment of necessity (those seats MUST be changed now!!) on a random piece of scrap paper lying nearby.
And forget at least two names.
Then recount how many are on the plan.
And proceed to scratch out and move names again and again.
To help you on your way, I made a basic template to save in your Google Drive. Please click the image below to add it to your Drive and modify:
This template has two sections...one chart with circles that can be used as tables, as well as another with squares to be used as desks:
Since we all have such different seating arrangements, the following steps will show you how to use this template to best work for your classroom...
If you would like to use one of the templates in the file, go to the sidebar and click on the one you do NOT want to use and then delete:
Now you can modify the slide you would like to work with. If you are using the desk template, you can click and drag the squares into the formation you use in your class:
You can also create additional squares by copying and pasting the current squares in the document. Need more space? You can click on all of the squares and change their size. Everything can be modified in this slide until you have the idea layout.
Do you need a totally different configuration than the ones provided? Go into one of the slides (such as the circle tables), select all of the circles, and then delete:
Once you have created the layout that best represents your classroom, it is time to add the names. I created a name menu on the right-hand side of the screen with textboxes for each student. To add your student names, click in each text box three times to highlight the text:
Then type your students' names right over the text:
You will notice a number spot for your student as you drag their name to a seat. This makes it easy to return the name textboxes back to the menu if need be.
Please Note: If you keep the same room arrangement for the whole school year, it will be best to duplicate your slides BEFORE placing your students at seats...that way you have a year's worth of slides ready with your students' names in the right-hand menu, all ready to arrange.