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Where Do You Sit?

This blog brought back many memories. Almost every place we go – church, etc. – we seem to find a comfort zone where we feel good and that becomes “our seat”. Folks see us somewhere else and feel like something is wrong. Other people seem to do the same thing.

I had never thought much about this before, but Donald has raised the issue. What do you think?

December 21, 2008

Seating Strategies

Donald Pittenger writes:

Dear Blowhards —

When I was in elementary school, the teacher assigned us seats. Our desks looked like these:


One year — might have been Third Grade — the teacher had the desks side-by side in three rows rather than by themselves in four or five rows. The rub was, I had to sit next to a girl I didn’t like for a good chunk of the school year.

After elementary school, we usually were able to sit where we pleased. My preference is to sit about halfway or two-thirds of the way back from the front row. My wife likes to sit near the front when we go to church, which is a little out of my comfort zone.

When I taught college classes or quiz sections, it was usually the gals who hogged the front row, distractingly crossing their legs — something known to most male teachers.

Hmm. I wonder what the seating pattern is for female teachers? I never paid much attention to that at the time, but my guess is that female students were still more likely to sit towards the front of the classroom.

I’m not sure why I preferred to sit farther back. Perhaps it was a function of my personality, me being more of an observer than a participant, all else being equal. Or maybe it was because I liked to doodle cars and airplanes on the margins of my notebooks and didn’t want the teacher to notice.

What are your thoughts on this important psycho-social matter?


posted by Donald at December 21, 2008


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