Help me give my students a better chance at focusing with flexible seating!
My students this year will be an incredibly diverse group.
They are of different achievement abilities, of different cultures and languages, as well of different interests. Their differences are what makes this classroom so special.
I want to set up comfortable cozy corners for reading and sections for cooperative learning groups, however, the funds for flexible seating furniture are very limited. I am reaching out to help meet the needs of my diverse group of students.
Flexible seating has recently become the new trend in classrooms for many important reasons. Flexible seating offers opportunities to work cooperatively by moving away from traditional desk seating. Working cooperatively is especially important to be able to serve those students while benefiting all involved. My students are second graders and a group of seven and eight-year-olds can not and should not be expected to sit on a hard chair at a desk all day.
Flexible seating allows students to take charge of their learning and make the choices that work best for them. During independent work times, they choose a location in the classroom that works for them. Currently my students are choosing to work in a variety of locations in our room such as: at different tables, sitting under tables with clipboards, or sitting or laying on the floor with a clipboard. 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 desk.
The products that I have selected will help my students by giving them additional seating options to make more effective learning choices.
The wobble cushions and yoga balls will be extremely beneficial for some students that just need to get the wiggles out. They can also be used as an alternative chair if needed! The comfy floor seats and the beanbag chairs will allow for additional comfortable floor seating options. They are lightweight and can be easily used in many areas of the classroom.
I have seen how choice can positively affect my students work and demeanor and hope that the additional options will help us grow even more!
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