Stay Sane With These Seating Chart Tips

With a new quarter starting and the glimmer of a fresh school year on the horizon, you might find yourself a little stressed as you try to shuffle a multitude of students into a new seating arrangement. Don’t let that stress bog you down!

I have some quick tips that will make your new seating charts a breeze to create and browse through. Are you intrigued? Check out the video above!

Do you have any tricks to share about organizing seating charts?

Are you anti-seating chart? Tell us why in the comment section!

3 years ago

Jennifer Borel

Jennifer is an middle school art teacher in Kansas who is passionate about creating an organized, well-managed environment where students feel comfortable to learn and explore.


  • Ms. P

    I take brightly colored construction paper, color coded by grade level, and fold it in half to create a 9×12″ folder. I glue seating charts inside the folder and have them laminated and 3-hole punched. Then I organize by day (I have a 10 day rotation), and use a vis-a-vis marker to write in names!

    My school has high mobility rates so I’m constantly erasing and writing in new names. I also do not assign specific seats, but table colors. So all I have are boxes with the table color name in them and numbers 1-5 next to the box where I write the name. Students then feel a little choice in their seating because as long as their at the correct table, we’re good!

  • Vicky Siegel

    I have a similar system. I do not put my charts in the sleeves, though. I just staple the days worth of seating charts together, and then I have a seating chart folder with my schedule on it. When the day is done, I place that day’s charts in the back of the folder, and then grab the next day’s charts on top. I label the days of the week on a tab on the first seating chart of the day. Also- I added a page of paper after each chart that I gridded off into 9 boxes (I see my students 9 times a quarter). That way- I keep notes for myself on students each art class – (not listening, absent, hard time with directions, great helper, etc.) This helps me when teachers or parents ask about behaviors, and it also helps to look at it for report card time! I love your idea of the colored paper!

    • Yours sounds super organized too. I like the idea of adding the schedule on top of the seating charts. I’ll be including that!