Help me give my students flexible seating with Ball Chairs and Wobble Stools! Flexible seating allows students to be more self-aware of how sensory input affects them and the environment in which they learn best.
My students are an incredible group of diverse learners with identified special needs. Students in special education often struggle with organization, focus, and self-regulation; providing students with tools to help them learn to self-regulate and approach new skills in a way that really "sticks" for THEM is imperative to their future successes. Providing tools to help with identifying their learning styles and ideal learning environment along with organization and study skills will help them learn in their own unique ways.
My goal is to create an environment where my students can learn about how their minds work and utilize their own unique strengths to succeed in all academic areas.
Intuitively, it makes sense to offer today’s child multiple options to feel comfortable, safe and relaxed in their learning environment, but what does science say?
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. In turn, this burns more calories and increases metabolism. It also helps keep young minds more alert and focused.
It’s no surprise that physical activity is linked to higher academic performance, better health, and improved behavior. Studies suggest that children who participate in short bouts of physical activity within the classroom have more on-task behavior, too.
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