Thinking about the Bests Seats in the House led me down another tangent of seating arrangements and learning. How does the room arrangement impact on the class or the lecture?There are several basic seating arrangements commonly found.
Lecture style: the seats are placed in rows across the room. There is no place to write, however. I have heard this called "theatre " style seating. I usually like these with a center aisle.
Classroom style: Again chairs are arranged in rows across the room in front of the speaker, but there are tables in front of each row so people have a place for papers and room to take notes.
U-shaped Classroom style: Often for smaller groups the tables are arranged in a U shape with students sitting around the table. The instructor, speaker has the open end.
Cafe style: Here the chairs are arranged in semi circles around round tables in such a way they can see each other, yet look up front at the speaker. A room set up this style might have five or six clusters with about 6 people per table. Good for small group segments of workshops.
Roundtable: Often a board room table, or a cluster of smaller tables are pulled together with seating around the outer edge. The roundtable format is particularly useful for discussions with a moderator. They are less effective with larger groups.
Which arrangements have you used? How has the arrangement impacted on learning? Have you even thought about it?
And while I am thinking about the setting of the seating, my ex-wrestler son-in-law, AdamFirestrm tells me he liked to have music with his entrance to pump up his fans. Tell me, what impact has music on the genealogy education context?
Your comments are welcome.