Write down the possible advantages and disadvantages of different versions, with a particular focus on how different layouts might affect teacher
Small groups – Facilitate group work and discussion, appropriate for pupil led teaching. A disadvantage can be that the groups have to be selected appropriately. Easy to walk around the class and have discussions with students. It may lead to too much noise during teacher led exercises. Also some children may be facing away from the front of the class.
Rows – Appropriate for teacher led sessions; however not conducive to group work or pupil led learning. Difficult for the teacher to walk around the class. When he/she does, pupils will have them backs to the teacher. Overall it is more appropriate for traditional teaching styles, ie lecturing empty vessels.
Individual / paired desks – Not conducive to group work. Space may be a limiting factor. More suitable to formal assessment.
One large table (conference style) – Very good system for whole class discussions. Space may be a limiting factor.