Cluster Classroom Layout
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Cluster Classroom Layout

Predominantly

Learner-Centered Instruction


Small Group Format


Suitable for All Class Sizes

Pros

  • Encourages interaction of all

Students

Creates a more personal and safe

environment for students to

convey their ideas

Promotes cooperation and

teamwork

Develops reflection, problem

Solving, and communication skills

Flexibility to strategically form

groups

Suitable for small spaces


Cons

  • Increased noise level, distractions,
  • and off-task behavior
  • Decreased productivity
  • Less individual accountability

(ex. strongest student may do the bulk

of the work)

Harder to assess students' abilities

and level of understanding



Clusters

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publish time: 2021-08-24
Lisa Anderson

Cluster seating is when students are seated in groups of 2-5 and facing each other. A cluster classroom layout is helpful because it allows students to interact and easily work together. Cluster seating changes the way the classroom functions. As shown in the below diagram, the pros of a cluster layout are that it encourages interaction of all students, creates a more personal and safe environment for students to convey their ideas, develops reflection and communication skills, and others. At the same time, the cons of cluster classroom layout are increased noise level, decreased productivity, less individual accountability, and harder to assess students' abilities and level of understanding.

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