Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Lessons assigned to be done by students at their desks in the classroom.

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  • n. schoolwork done by students sitting at their desks during schooltime

Etymologies

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seat +‎ work

Examples

  • Thanks to advances in brain research, we now know that most of the brain is activated during physical activity -- much more so than when doing seatwork.

    Rae Pica: Reading, Writing, 'Rithmetic...and Recess

  • Due to an increasing emphasis on "academics" and accountability, policymakers are demanding more and more testing, which requires more and more seatwork.

    Rae Pica: In Defense of Active Learning

  • But a growing body of research is determining that physical activity activates the brain much more so than doing seatwork.

    Rae Pica: In Defense of Active Learning

  • When I had time to speak to him while the class was engaged in seatwork or he had calmed himself down, then he would return to his regular activities.

    Robert Rose: Children in Pain

  • Well a little later while I was recording my seatwork for Calculus ... my CRUSH suddenly walks in our room.

    Archive 2006-08-01

  • Most of the ‘teaching activities’ involve teaching basic skills such as reading and completing routine seatwork.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • I have a “one ear only” IPOD / MP3 policty during seatwork.

    iPods In A Classroom: My Observation « open thinking

  • Students have been working at their seats, either individually or in small groups, for about twenty minutes now, an unusually long segment of seatwork for a Japanese lesson, and they will continue in this way for another nine minutes.

    The Teaching Gap

  • In addition, they should ask that the teacher allow the child to approach him to turn in each paper or worksheet as she completes it and receive a bit of refueling rather than having to complete all her seatwork before handing it in.

    The Unmotivated Child

  • In the front row of his third-grade classroom, eight-year-old Donald sits wiggling in his chair, his seatwork piled in front of him.

    The Unmotivated Child

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