I've learned from 20 years of teaching that creating an environment where children have choice seating is the best. There are so many children nowadays that have ADHD and sitting in a classroom chair all day does not work. Heck, it doesn't work for even the adults.
I'd like to create a flexible seating classroom.
It seems that children need to be able to sit in a variety of ways to learn better. Some like to stand, some like to sit on the floor, some need to wiggle and some like to keep their feet moving.
"Students feel empowered by having some degree of choice and control over their environment. Flexible seating allows students to choose where they work and with whom. It also allows them to change their location and positions as needed."
Flexible seating will all be used within my class for children with ADHD. It is proven that allowing students choice in their seating improves test scores, increases focusing ability, and decreases behavior concerns.
Some of the various seating needed are yoga balls for movement, stools for tables instead of hard chairs, seats with desks built in, wiggle seats for constant movers, fidget bands for desks so children can allow their feet to fidget, sensory pillows for children that need touch sensation, cushions for sitting at a low table.
All of the different types of seating have been used effectively in schools with children that have different concerns.
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