My students are from one of the smaller schools in a large district in southern NH. Each child in my classroom absolutely loves learning, although the methods and environments in which they learn best vary greatly. I encourage a lot of movement as they are very energetic! We incorporate a variety of learning strategies and flexible seating is an important part of doing so. I like to empower my students to have choice in everything they do, however at times a quiet environment is necessary. It's important to ensure that each student's needs are met during different times of the day in an exciting and meaningful ways.
My students need alternative seating options to ensure their success in the classroom. Flexible seating allows students to take charge of their learning and make choices that work best for them. During independent work times, they are free to choose a location that works for them in the classroom. Privacy shields would be a great alternative to regular desk seats. Currently, my students are choosing to work in a variety of locations in our room such as different tables, at the carpet with a clipboard, or at makeshift standing tables in the back of the room. Making sure students are comfortable is an essential component in motivating them.
I have noticed amazing differences in my students' performance when they are given a choice in their seating.
They always make good choices about where they sit, are more engaged, and get more work completed than when they are just sitting at their desk.
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