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  • Doby's Bridge Elementary School
  • Fort Mill, SC

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Think about walking into a Starbucks - do you choose a regular table, a high top table, or a seat on a couch? Just as the answer to that question varies from person to person, children's seating preferences vary while learning. Last year, I quickly learned it is not developmentally appropriate for six and seven year olds to sit quietly in a chair at a desk for hours each day. While moving around during brain breaks throughout the day helped, I knew I could be doing more for my students. I started researching and discovered the benefits of flexible seating. Researchers for the Mayo Clinic found that the ability to move around more while sitting, made students more attentive. Ball chairs and wiggle cushions, like the ones I'm requesting for my students, channel students’ physical energy in positive ways and helps them to better focus on the task at hand. In order to implement flexible seating successfully, we will need to set class expectations for flexible seating. We will use the requested chart paper for anchor charts, which will remind students of said expectations. The world outside the classroom is dynamic and full of choices; I can help prepare students for that world by giving them choices in the classroom. When children have the chance to try out different seating (or standing) options, they are given the opportunity to get to know themselves and their own unique learning preferences at a young age. Students are also more engaged when they feel empowered, and a classroom full of engaged students is a successful classroom!

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Think about walking into a Starbucks - do you choose a regular table, a high top table, or a seat on a couch? Just as the answer to that question varies from person to person, children's seating preferences vary while learning. Last year, I quickly learned it is not developmentally appropriate for six and seven year olds to sit quietly in a chair at a desk for hours each day. While moving around during brain breaks throughout the day helped, I knew I could be doing more for my students. I started researching and discovered the benefits of flexible seating. Researchers for the Mayo Clinic found that the ability to move around more while sitting, made students more attentive. Ball chairs and wiggle cushions, like the ones I'm requesting for my students, channel students’ physical energy in positive ways and helps them to better focus on the task at hand. In order to implement flexible seating successfully, we will need to set class expectations for flexible seating. We will use the requested chart paper for anchor charts, which will remind students of said expectations. The world outside the classroom is dynamic and full of choices; I can help prepare students for that world by giving them choices in the classroom. When children have the chance to try out different seating (or standing) options, they are given the opportunity to get to know themselves and their own unique learning preferences at a young age. Students are also more engaged when they feel empowered, and a classroom full of engaged students is a successful classroom!

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