Don’t be afraid of changes
So the seating arrangement doesn’t work? Change it. Use actions and simple words to let students understand what you want. Demonstrate it first; of course, and then show them what your intension is. Physically help them move so they understand. Always say thank you when they listen. When students are not listening during whole group instruction time, change their carpet seating arrangement right away.
Take lining up as an example. Give clear directions. Count to three; a quiet line should form. If it doesn’t happen the first time, ask the students to come back and do it again. Keep doing it until a quiet line is formed. There will be students who are obedient and know how to be quiet. Walk up to them and say “thank you for being quiet.” Ask the whole class to go back and form the line again. Pretty soon, the children will understand that you are expecting a quiet line and nothing else. They will start reminding each other so they don’t have to repeat this action too many times.
Good learning habits need to be created and practiced so a teacher’s can be effective. When fostering good habits, don’t worry about spending time on it because language will be reinforced and behavior will be molded. Henceforth, teaching will happen.