The students numbered 1 to 8 should sit on the chairs so that no two consecutively numbered students sit next to each other either vertically, horizontally or diagonally.
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What is special about the students numbered 1 and 8? Could they sit on any other chairs?
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This activity is great fun when done with real chairs, real students and real teamwork. Make eight numbered hats from strips of paper, arrange the chairs then sit back and enjoy listening to the discussion.
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