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Behavior & preferential seating: think outside the box

Date: July 3rd, 2014
By: Polly Bath

Watch this video [1:08] to learn a couple ideas for using preferential seating in unexpected ways to improve behaviors.

Does everyone who needs preferential sitting have to be in the front? [laughs] Now, I always say unless they’re going to sit on each other’s laps and we’re going to have them ten high, it’s not going to work. We don’t have enough seats in front of the room.

Think outside the box…. Sometimes the attention seeker is better off in the back of the room where all they see is the back of heads. We make the mistake, we put them where? In the front of the room right next to me often times. I don’t want them in the front of the room next to me. I want them in the back of the room where I can really see them, and they can’t see anybody else’s face.

The emotionally‑charged kids often times, they’re better sitting in the back of the room near the door because they have an escape hatch. They’re not going to run out of it but if they’re sitting there, they don’t feel cornered.