My students need active seating. It lets kids move and adjust themselves in a non-disruptive way, they burn off excess energy and get the stimulus their muscles are looking for, making them more attentive in class.
I am redesigning my classroom to make it a student-centered space that targets all types of learners. Some kids just need to move. A major component of this personalized learning model is setting up a classroom environment that attends to many different learning styles. The room and all spaces are accessible to all students and has areas identified for the different kinds of learning children may need to access throughout the day. Some area designs may include group work, presentations or demonstrations (by teachers or learners), research, reading, thinking and discussing, and creating and innovating. Active seats are designed to support students with ADHD, kinestetic learners and really all children because they provide a physical challenge and opportunity to release energy while simultaneously working.
By having alternative seating options, my students should be able to maintain focus for longer periods of time allowing them to think more deeply about all subjects and attend to independent "seat work" activities for longer period such of time.
I anticipate that this will result in increased reading and writing abilities as well as math skills. I expect that time on task is increased with the addition of active seating options in my classroom.
Active sitting is based on the idea that it’s not healthy for the body to be seated for long periods of time. Too much sitting still has been shown to lead to back and hip soreness, fatigue, decreased muscle tone and a lack of focusing ability. Active seating corrects these problems by promoting slight movements and adjustments for the user while they sit. These movements keep the body more engaged, alleviating the negative effects of prolonged sitting.
Here are just a few of the benefits adding a little wiggle, bounce or wobble to everyday classroom seating can have:
1. Improved posture and muscle tone is important because increasing strength and muscle tone will also promote motor control to use a pencil, scissors and other classroom tools.
2. Sensory input input and energy burning. Active seating lets kids move and adjust themselves in a non-disruptive way, they burn off excess energy and get the stimulus their muscles are looking for, making them more attentive in class.
3. Increased blood flow means more oxygen gets to the brain. With more oxygen, brain function increases, allowing for improved focus and better knowledge retention.
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