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  • Roosevelt School
  • Taft, CA
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Flexible seating has been proven to help students remain actively engaged in their learning while also providing them with the opportunity to be reflective learners and advance their sense of self and accountability. When given options, students take charge of their own learning and feel like they are an active participant in the process and have a choice. This is key to a nurturing and effective learning environment. When students walk into my classroom, I want them to immediately feel that their choices and voices matter and that they are responsible for their own learning. Offering flexible seating allows students to consider their own needs and make active decisions to help support themselves. Students have individual needs and the first step we can make as educators to show them that we understand this is by offering them a choice each day in where they sit (or stand, or lay, or bounce!) in the classroom. I created a small area in my room last year as a first year teacher where I had a small folding "couch" and a couple of round inflatable "chairs". I offered these seating options as part of my behavior management and classroom economy systems. Students worked hard to earn the opportunity to experience those seating options and their behavior while using the flexible seating was respectful, engaged, and they had a sense of pride in earning the reward. Self awareness increased as students discovered they were responsible for earning and potentially losing the privilege of flexible seating. I couldn't help but imagine what it would be like to have a classroom full of these options on a daily basis. I am excited and beyond grateful for the opportunity to provide my students with the absolute best learning environment for their success.

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Flexible seating has been proven to help students remain actively engaged in their learning while also providing them with the opportunity to be reflective learners and advance their sense of self and accountability. When given options, students take charge of their own learning and feel like they are an active participant in the process and have a choice. This is key to a nurturing and effective learning environment. When students walk into my classroom, I want them to immediately feel that their choices and voices matter and that they are responsible for their own learning. Offering flexible seating allows students to consider their own needs and make active decisions to help support themselves. Students have individual needs and the first step we can make as educators to show them that we understand this is by offering them a choice each day in where they sit (or stand, or lay, or bounce!) in the classroom. I created a small area in my room last year as a first year teacher where I had a small folding "couch" and a couple of round inflatable "chairs". I offered these seating options as part of my behavior management and classroom economy systems. Students worked hard to earn the opportunity to experience those seating options and their behavior while using the flexible seating was respectful, engaged, and they had a sense of pride in earning the reward. Self awareness increased as students discovered they were responsible for earning and potentially losing the privilege of flexible seating. I couldn't help but imagine what it would be like to have a classroom full of these options on a daily basis. I am excited and beyond grateful for the opportunity to provide my students with the absolute best learning environment for their success.

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