Use this activity to turn seating changes into an academic experience.
This activity couples changing seats with inquiry and problem solving.
Here is how it works:
The students are given a hypothetical seating chart with hypothetical names. The placement of the hypothetical students in the seating chart is determined by certain rules, but the rules are not presented.
Your students' task is to examine the chart to determine what rules governed its creation, test the rules to confirm they are correct, write out the rules (of which there are about 5 rules), answer questions on how they went about discovering the rules (metacognition), and finally apply the rules to their own class to create the new seating chart that will determine where their next seat is.
This is a fun activity that challenges the students and promotes critical thinking skills and inquiry development.
There is a key included that gives the teacher the correct set of rules.
Problem Solving, Seating Chart, Inquiry, Discovery