My fourth grade students would greatly benefit from having the opportunity to have student-choice with flexible seating. I have a class of 30 wonderful children, 12 of whom have learning disabilities. It is so important that all of my students feel valued as a member of our family. Flexible seating helps students become more self-aware of what types of seating and environment helps them learn best. Flexible seating is a choice provided to students that allows them to work around the room comfortably and focused. Getting and keeping students engaged is the most important step in creating a successful learning outcome. Children need to move. Flexible seating allows them to wobble, rock, bounce, lean or stand, which increases oxygen flow to the brain, blood flow and core strength. It also helps keep young minds more alert and focused. Flexible seating allows students to quickly and easily pair up, work in small groups, or discuss as a whole class –Flexible seating helps make learning fun.
I want to provide my students with a variety of choices in their seating to help channel their focus in a positive manner. Our classroom environments should be encouraging to open collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. Revitalizing space is a way to let students exercise choice in the learning environment and find academic success on their own terms. Redesigning the classroom space to meet students’ individual needs impacts how they learn, how they interact, and the entire classroom experience. The redesign influences levels of interaction and engagement. Engagement and active learning improves retention for students. Self-directed learning and collaborative problem solving are essential skills for success. If my students are uncomfortable, they are distracted. Choices in seating will help accelerate active participation. A variety of seating options can help provide this opportunity to my class.
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