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Flexible seating increases student motivation and self-awareness. Students develop an understanding of their own needs and feelings, their preferred learning style, and which tools contribute to their learning objectives. Students are given the independence to take charge of their learning and to make choices on how to accomplish that learning. Currently, students use clipboards as they sit or lay in different areas around the room, under desks, or to sit at tables. As they learn which seating options help them do their best work and thinking, the focus shifts from concentrating on sitting still to concentrating on the learning taking place. Students take responsibility for their learning and the tools that support their success. Since we began using flexible seating, I have noticed students furthering their understanding by being more comfortable to ask questions and participating in insightful discussions with their peers. Sensory items have provided support for a variety of needs within our classroom. They have been used as coping strategies for anxiety and fidgeting, visuals for calming techniques, sensory input for students with special needs, and fine motor support for writing.

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Flexible seating increases student motivation and self-awareness. Students develop an understanding of their own needs and feelings, their preferred learning style, and which tools contribute to their learning objectives. Students are given the independence to take charge of their learning and to make choices on how to accomplish that learning. Currently, students use clipboards as they sit or lay in different areas around the room, under desks, or to sit at tables. As they learn which seating options help them do their best work and thinking, the focus shifts from concentrating on sitting still to concentrating on the learning taking place. Students take responsibility for their learning and the tools that support their success. Since we began using flexible seating, I have noticed students furthering their understanding by being more comfortable to ask questions and participating in insightful discussions with their peers. Sensory items have provided support for a variety of needs within our classroom. They have been used as coping strategies for anxiety and fidgeting, visuals for calming techniques, sensory input for students with special needs, and fine motor support for writing.

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