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Middle school is a big transition for sixth graders. They are changing physically and emotionally. These students are becoming more college and career ready through activities that promote the 4 C’s (collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking). Flexible seating help make these activities possible. Regardless of the career path the students choose, they will need to learn to work effectively with others to accomplish an end goal. This seating would encourage inquiry group work with higher order thinking. My classroom already participates in flexible seating, and the wobble stools and rolling chairs would add to the variety of options available for students. Through best teaching practices, we have discovered that students learn differently. Providing the students with a choice of seating would help them determine how best they can focus and learn. In the Edutopia article, “Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign” (April 22, 2016), Kayla Delzer stated, “It's no surprise that physical activity is linked to higher academic performance, better health, and improved behavior.” Delzer referenced a research study by Matthew T. Mahar et.al (2006). The research found that: “Simple in-class activities can boost performance. Studies suggest that children who participate in short bouts of physical activity within the classroom have more on-task behavior, with the best improvement seen in students who are least on-task initially.” Flexible seating would be beneficial for all levels of students from inclusion to gifted and talented students. This would be helpful to keep the students focused on the morning classes to the late afternoon classes.

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Middle school is a big transition for sixth graders. They are changing physically and emotionally. These students are becoming more college and career ready through activities that promote the 4 C’s (collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking). Flexible seating help make these activities possible. Regardless of the career path the students choose, they will need to learn to work effectively with others to accomplish an end goal. This seating would encourage inquiry group work with higher order thinking. My classroom already participates in flexible seating, and the wobble stools and rolling chairs would add to the variety of options available for students. Through best teaching practices, we have discovered that students learn differently. Providing the students with a choice of seating would help them determine how best they can focus and learn. In the Edutopia article, “Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign” (April 22, 2016), Kayla Delzer stated, “It's no surprise that physical activity is linked to higher academic performance, better health, and improved behavior.” Delzer referenced a research study by Matthew T. Mahar et.al (2006). The research found that: “Simple in-class activities can boost performance. Studies suggest that children who participate in short bouts of physical activity within the classroom have more on-task behavior, with the best improvement seen in students who are least on-task initially.” Flexible seating would be beneficial for all levels of students from inclusion to gifted and talented students. This would be helpful to keep the students focused on the morning classes to the late afternoon classes.

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