Yes, I know it's too soon to think about making your seating charts for the next school year. After all, it will probably be weeks before many of us see our class lists. But, it's not too soon to think about how you'll make your seating charts for next year, is it?
Invariably, the beginning of every school year brings with it many time consuming chores, one of which is designing and completing seating charts. Now while the average Joe may think this is not such a big deal, those of us who face the task several times each year know all too well that it requires a lot more thought and effort than seems evident. Many a pencil eraser has given its life trying to get the right student in the right seat, and while a lot of us have taken to seeking digital assistance, the perfect seating chart maker is still difficult to locate. I have found one that works well for me, though, and while I immediately see that it's not going to be the perfect choice for every teacher, I'd like to share some info with you in case you'd like to give it a try as well.
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One of the reasons this program works well for me is that my classroom (computer lab) has a fairly standard seating arrangement that really doesn't change. Seats are in straight rows, facing the front of the room--easy to set up at the Happy Class site. There doesn't seem to be a way to create any other arrangement at the site yet, but since it is still in beta, that may be a feature that's still in the works. And, again because it's in beta, you will need to request an invite in order to create your account and get to work.
What do you think? Does this sound like a winner for you? Do you know of a better, free seating chart generator? There are certainly other options (superteachertools.com comes to mind). Do you have a favorite? Please let me know. Wouldn't it be nice to provide seating chart resources to teachers as soon as they get a look at those new class lists?