Berea is located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Our school is very special, it is a K-12 building. Essentially students can go their whole educational life and never leave our building until graduation. We are located in the middle of a small but quaint, arts and crafts town. Three fourth of our population receives free or reduced-price lunch and our poverty rate is higher than the state and national average. However, those obstacles are just that, obstacles that we must overcome. With hard work and determination we can overcome any road block in our path. In our class we address the hardships, embrace where we are at, look to where we are going, and celebrate when we get there!
Flexible seating allows students to take charge of their learning and make the choices that work best for them. During work times they choose a location in the classroom that works for them. Sometimes we even work outside the classroom in our garden and outdoor area. 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 desks. By having wobble cushions and clipboards this will open up more seating options for the students and allow us to go further out in the community and work outside of our classroom!
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