My students are from a high risk charter school located in Southfield, MI however, most of our students are bussed in from high poverty neighborhoods in Detroit. With high poverty comes a multitude of problems: parents who are not there (physically and/or mentally), limited nutrition, poor sleeping habits, poor academic habits, and coming to school in the same dirty uniform day after day because it can't be laundered.
My classroom needs to be their safe haven for learning and growing.
It needs to be exciting and welcoming on a daily basis so that they can work in a conducive environment.
Flexible seating allows students to take charge of their learning and make the choices that work best for them. During independent work times they choose a location in the classroom that works for them. Currently, my students are choosing to work in a variety of locations in our room such as: at different tables, sitting under tables with clip boards, or sitting or laying on the floor with a clip board. Making sure students are comfortable is an essential component in motivating them. I have noticed amazing differences in my students when they are given a choice in their seating. They almost always make good choices about where they sit, are more engaged, and get more work completed than when they are just sitting at their desk.
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