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There's a popular "independent study" segment in our class called "Free for All," in which my kiddos can work in any part of the classroom: under my desk, in the class library nestled inside of a pillow fort, or just beneath the window that gets the best sunlight. To say they go wild for this part of the day would be an understatement. At times, I think they much prefer it to sitting in groups and chatting away with their peers. The most important rule during "Free for All" is this: All work must be completed in a timely fashion. It's a rule that has remained unbroken since "Free for All's" inception. And, I've got a sneaky feeling that this rule has remained intact because my babies get so much enjoyment from escaping traditional seating, even for an hour or so. Not only do my kiddos complete their work in its entirety, they also stay focused for longer periods of time. I've been working with lower elementary students for a while now, and one thing they seem to share is a love for adventurous learning; learning that lets them stretch their legs and put those "boxes" on the shelf. I want learning to feel like an adventure to them always; therefore, my plan is to replace our traditional chairs with wobble chairs, so that my kiddos will feel like their partaking in "Free for All" every single time they sit down at their desks.

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There's a popular "independent study" segment in our class called "Free for All," in which my kiddos can work in any part of the classroom: under my desk, in the class library nestled inside of a pillow fort, or just beneath the window that gets the best sunlight. To say they go wild for this part of the day would be an understatement. At times, I think they much prefer it to sitting in groups and chatting away with their peers. The most important rule during "Free for All" is this: All work must be completed in a timely fashion. It's a rule that has remained unbroken since "Free for All's" inception. And, I've got a sneaky feeling that this rule has remained intact because my babies get so much enjoyment from escaping traditional seating, even for an hour or so. Not only do my kiddos complete their work in its entirety, they also stay focused for longer periods of time. I've been working with lower elementary students for a while now, and one thing they seem to share is a love for adventurous learning; learning that lets them stretch their legs and put those "boxes" on the shelf. I want learning to feel like an adventure to them always; therefore, my plan is to replace our traditional chairs with wobble chairs, so that my kiddos will feel like their partaking in "Free for All" every single time they sit down at their desks.

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