Flexible Seating for Endless AVID Supported Possibilities
My students need fitness balls to have flexible seating options in my AVID and communications classes. This will allow groupings for collaboration as well as independent work spaces.
We will be re-configuring from a junior high to a middle school in the fall. Our school will be comprised of grades 6-8. Roughly 40% of our students receive free and reduced price lunch. We provide a high quality education to our students through exceptional instruction, a wide range of programs and activities to enrich student experiences, and by creating a community where students feel safe, connected and prepared to excel.
Our community of about 600 students come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
A leader in using positive supports to create a responsive and safe environment for student learning, we are home to Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). This is a school-wide program designed to help students prepare for and succeed in college through high expectations and by instilling key life skills and habits.
I very much want to create and promote a flexible classroom designed for collaboration and critical thinking. Flexible furniture options allow for classrooms that can easy transition for Socratic seminars, philosophical chairs, fishbowl discussions, partner, group and independent work. The possibilities are really exciting. We need fitness balls to provide flexible seating options in our classroom.
There is more than one way of teaching and learning.
I want our 6th graders to have the ability to seamlessly transition through multiple active learning experiences with little to no loss of instructional time.
Alternative seating options lead to better behavior and also help students be more cognitively engaged. These alternative chairs do have the potential to be distracting, but the idea is that allowing kids the opportunity to move around slightly while sitting in class will help them focus on their work and less on all of the other things they could be doing. This supports special education students, general education students with sensory needs, and students with attention issues including those with ADHD.
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