3rd graders are the best group of students (I might be a little biased here,) but seriously, they are eager to learn, creative, outgoing, honest, energetic, confident and most of them have made this cool transition of not only learning to read, but reading to learn.
As much as I love teaching them reading, writing, math, science and social studies (among so many other parts of the day) making the connections and hopefully sparking that love of reading and learning with each one is where my heart is.
Living in rural Iowa, our classroom sizes vary from 18-23 kids each year.
I've researched by reading many articles, perused Pinterest and even visited classrooms in different districts that are currently using flexible seating. I've interviewed (so to speak) teachers on the pros and cons, what they would do differently and what if any advice they could give me. The bottom line - kids need the choices of where they sit to be successful learners.
The wobble chairs are by far and beyond the most requested by teachers and students and there is a great reason for that - they are awesome!
They allow movement, increasing engagement in students to focus on their task at hand.
The balance ball chairs are also great, as they have the little "kick-stands" so to speak so they do not roll all over the classroom causing unnecessary interruptions.
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