Help me give my students flexible seating options! The traditional seating in classrooms works for some of my students, but others need to stand, wobble, bounce or lay to be productive! Help me give them that option!
We are the WW! (After the college I attended) There are 25 warriors in all, and each one is unique and has diverse needs. Eighty nine percent of our school is eligible for free and reduced price lunch, and 83% of my students are English Language Learners.
The third graders in my class at EPACS are eager to learn, and I am eager to help them!
Belonging is a key theme in our class community, and each day I hope to foster that throughout reading, writing, math and beyond.
Over the last few months, I have done research around flexible seating, and it's been fascinating. Teachers from all over the world have started to have flexible seating options, and now I understand why! First, my students are 8 years old and I've noticed keeping them in their desks all day is not helping them be productive or succeed.
The idea is that when students have choice in their seating that benefits their health, comfort, collaborative efforts and fun, scholars can be productive, efficient and learn life skills for the future.
Student independence is extremely important: their ability to choose what they need without adult assistance. If they have trouble focusing, stand and complete your worksheet instead using our high stools. Feel like moving while working with your partner, bounce on a ball! The options I have selected include 4 yoga balls for movement, 4 high stools for standing and sitting, and wobble stools. All of these help with keeping students' bodies engaged while keeping their brains focused on learning as well.
When students are able to work together as partnerships or in group work in a space that works for them, they are being independent as adults.
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