File Folder Seating Plans

I just came across a novel way to make seating plans. It’s so simple and will save you a lot of time. I can’t believe I didn’t know of this method earlier.

I can’t tell you how many times I have had to write a seating plan over the years. I like to rearrange the desks and seating positions in my classroom quite often. As such, I have had to draw up a new plan each and every time.

Here’s a time-saving tip that all teachers will appreciate.

You can make a file folder seating plan that won’t require you to write your seating plan over and over again.

Here’s how . . .

All you need is a pad of sticky notes, a marker, and a file folder.

Simply make a stickly note for each member of your class. Place the sticky notes inside of the file folder in such a way that it forms the seating arrangement of the classroom.

Now whenever you move a student or change seating arrangements, all you need to do is go back to the folder and move the sticky notes.

I really like this new way of making a seating plan. It doesn’t require you to draw a new classroom map every time. All you need to do is move the sticky notes around. And, if you keep on top of this, you will always have an up-to-date seating plan.

Seating plans are great for supply teachers, guest speakers, or teachers that come in to your class on a rotary basis. Just knowing a student’s name can really cut down on any behaviour problems that may arise. Take it from me, names are powerful. Students respond to their own name a lot better than they do to the generic classroom instructions such as “boys and girls.”

So go ahead and make a file folder seating plan.

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2 responses to “File Folder Seating Plans”

  1. Hi Chase,

    If you want to make this seating plan one level better for supply teachers coming into your room change the sticky notes to photographs of your students (use most recent school photo). I've seen this done and it makes it so much easier as an incoming teacher to match names and faces (especially in intermediate grades where students like to swap identities for the day).