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At the beginning of the school year, the most important question for most students is: “Who am I sitting next to in the class?” It is not just who, but also how that matters.

What is the seating arrangement in the classroom, how are the tables arranged? We have collected the advantages and disadvantages of the different options.

Frontal teaching

The very classic form of teaching, as it has become legendary in Erich Kästner's “Flying Classroom” and can still be found in almost every school. The tables are arranged in rows so that the students can see the teacher and the blackboard and the teacher can see the whole class.
Per: If it's just about imparting a lot of knowledge and you just want the students to listen and pay attention, then face-to-face teaching is the most appropriate option.
Cons: Most of the students have the rest of the class behind them, there is no creative atmosphere that allows discussion or other interaction between many students.

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U shape

The tables are arranged in the shape of a large “U” so that the back row is parallel to the table.
Per: All students see each other, the mood is more communicative.
Cons: The teacher is still teaching frontally. And if he wants to go from one student to another, he has to either go around the outside of the U-shape and the paths are much longer, or he goes along the inside and always stands on the "wrong" side of the table.

The circle

The further development of the U-shape, in which the previously missing side is also supplied with tables. The teacher no longer has a wall to himself, but sits in a place, just like a student.
Per: Everyone sees each other, frontal teaching has broken up, the teaching concept is much more democratic.
Cons: The ways from one student to another are still very long. When the teacher wants to explain something on the blackboard, a quarter of the students sit with their backs to the blackboard.

Group tables

Two school desks are always put together, students sit on each side of the resulting square and work on a project at their table.
Per: The conditions for creative collaboration between the students are optimal, there is no hierarchical division in the class at all, the students design the lessons themselves. The teacher can go from one table to the other and help the students.
Cons: when the teacher speaks to the whole class or wants to explain something on the blackboard, around half of the students sit facing the wrong direction. And the group tables make the atmosphere between the students so communicative that effective lessons are hardly possible.