Flexible Seating for Students Who Need Flexibility
My students need flexible classroom seating so they can learn and be comfortable in their own space.
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I work in a resource room with students who have mild learning impairments in reading, math, and writing, early childhood delays, ADHD, and behavioral challenges in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Most of my students have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to address their learning needs. As a part of their IEP, they are entitled to specific interventions, accommodations, and modifications that will support their learning each school year. I provide the majority of these interventions and accommodations in my resource room. Often, I support my students through multiple years of education once they become eligible for specialized services. This gives me the unique pleasure of watching them grow as learners and mature into young adults.
The students that I work with face a variety of challenges in their education.
Some of the most common challenges include: reading and comprehending grade level text, acquiring basic math facts, using math problem solving skills, sustaining focus through out the school day, organization of ideas and materials, task initiation, emotional regulation, and social skills. Taking all of these challenges into consideration, I find what works for each of my students and teach them new and different ways to learn in a supportive setting!
Creating a welcoming and productive learning environment has always been a high priority for me each school year. It is my belief that a student has to feel comfortable and welcome in their learning space in order to be productive. For me, that starts with designing my classroom similar to the way I would design a room in my home: calming colors, soft lighting, limiting clutter and distraction, and bringing in comfortable seating. In the 21st century classroom, having a variety of seating options is an important component to setting up a comfortable yet productive learning environment.
The options that I have chosen will benefit my students in a variety of ways.
Students who struggle with hyperactivity and focus need to be given the opportunity to move throughout the school day to stay engaged in their learning. The wobble stools are a tool that will allow for distraction-free movement all while remaining seated at a designated work space. The wiggle seats provide a similar benefit and are a tool my students love because they are versatile in their use! They can be placed in a chair or on the floor and students can transport them to multiple classrooms throughout their school day. I would love to have more of these wiggle seats so that I don't have to limit where and when my students can use them.
The turquoise seating cubes provide a comfortable alternative to plastic chairs. They make the classroom look more like a "learning lounge" as opposed to the institutional look that standard desks and chairs tend to create. Low motivation is often a factor that corresponds with learning challenges. It is amazing what a little updating can do to boost motivation. When classrooms are created with students' needs in mind, they become excited about learning!
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