My classroom is the only 5th grade classroom in a K-6 school. Our wonderful little school is found in a small, rural town that has approximately 50% of the population receiving free or reduced-price meals.
My students are inquisitive, love learning, and are eager to find out what they will learn next.
They are persistent and are learning that a growth mindset will lead them to great things.
They enjoy learning stations that allow them to rotate to different areas in the classroom to find different tasks waiting for them and their partner(s).
Our school is transitioning to a learner-centered classroom, where personalization is key. Students are the learners and teachers are the facilitators. Students will navigate through the curriculum at a pace that is right for them and will present their learning through a variety of voice and choice options. Therefore, it is important to create workspaces that will meet all students' needs and will encourage engagement and focus.
Research shows that flexible seating gives students more freedom regarding where and how they learn, which empowers them to feel more in charge of their education improving motivation and achievement.
Flexible seating creates a comfortable classroom. In addition, it makes learning fun. Students who are uncomfortable will be distracted and unproductive.
The variety of seating options I would like to incorporate in our learning space will allow students to move and work in an area that is right for them. Learners in grades three to five will access this new furniture and seating choices. They will have the freedom to choose their workspace each day allowing them to find the spot that will allow them to stay focused and on task. For students who fidget while they work, the balance chairs, wobble stools, and wiggle seats will allow them to move as they work. Regular classroom chairs don't allow for this. The surf desks will allow students to work at any spot in the classroom. The round table will allow collaboration between learners. The tall table will allow students to work at a pretty cool space allowing them to sit on the stools or stand to work (which many kids love to do). We would be so thankful to receive the varied seating options and tables that would create a classroom that is ready for a learner-centered space.
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