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  • Robert A Wakelee Elementary School
  • Wolcott, CT

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There is a current thread that has been emphasized during current workshops I have attended. Choice. Choice has been shown to increase motivation, promote ownership of student work, and creates a greater sense of urgency when engaging in class activities. The element of choice can be provided across many areas in a school setting, a critical one being seating options. My goal for this upcoming school year is to be able to provide my young students with the choice of where and how they will work. A child who seeks sensory output may choose to bounce on a ball while reading. A student who requires wrist stabilization may prefer to write while they lie down on a comfortable rug. This stability will create more control when writing. Another child may enjoy the structure of a chair with an elastic band to move his/her legs. With the rise in attention issues, motor deficits, and the increased need for stimulation among young children, I feel that being able to offer my student’s choice seating will undoubtedly enhance their educational experience. I have learned that working in an environment which provides choice seating actually enhances brain development and boots creativity. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal noted that, “Genetech says a move to unassigned seating by some employees at its California headquarters has increased productivity……..unassigned seating fosters more conversation and sharing of information among employees” ( Corey Gaffer). There seems to be an overall cultural shift in the workspace environment -both in school and in the workplace, and I want to provide my students with the opportunity to work and learn in a comfortable environment which best suits their individual needs.

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There is a current thread that has been emphasized during current workshops I have attended. Choice. Choice has been shown to increase motivation, promote ownership of student work, and creates a greater sense of urgency when engaging in class activities. The element of choice can be provided across many areas in a school setting, a critical one being seating options. My goal for this upcoming school year is to be able to provide my young students with the choice of where and how they will work. A child who seeks sensory output may choose to bounce on a ball while reading. A student who requires wrist stabilization may prefer to write while they lie down on a comfortable rug. This stability will create more control when writing. Another child may enjoy the structure of a chair with an elastic band to move his/her legs. With the rise in attention issues, motor deficits, and the increased need for stimulation among young children, I feel that being able to offer my student’s choice seating will undoubtedly enhance their educational experience. I have learned that working in an environment which provides choice seating actually enhances brain development and boots creativity. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal noted that, “Genetech says a move to unassigned seating by some employees at its California headquarters has increased productivity……..unassigned seating fosters more conversation and sharing of information among employees” ( Corey Gaffer). There seems to be an overall cultural shift in the workspace environment -both in school and in the workplace, and I want to provide my students with the opportunity to work and learn in a comfortable environment which best suits their individual needs.

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