My students need a variety of comfortable seating such as bean bag chairs, balance balls, and wobble chairs for the classroom.
This is my 33rd year of teaching and every year it gets better. I love standing by my door in the morning and seeing the children skipping down the hall with smiles on their faces. I teach in a Title I school and a "regular" 2nd grade classroom setting. "Regular" actually means diverse, with children who come to me from all different backgrounds. Children with special needs, children who are homeless, children who deal with family struggles, etc. I have been blessed by these children who want to come to school every day to learn. They are curious and ask questions. They are wonderful huggers and accepting of every one in the classroom.
With all this said, It is my responsibility to create an environment where students are engaged and learning is happening.
If children feel safe, they will participate more, take risks, learn from their mistakes, and experience success. I believe it is possible to create this and more! More? Absolutely. I'm ashamed to say that for years, I didn't consider how comfortable students were. I required them to sit in hard chairs at their desks all day. A well designed classroom has to also be comfortable.
Moving from traditional seating that restricts movement to flexible seating in the classroom will improve task focus. The ability to move about and find comfortable seating is important when it comes to being able to focus on classroom work. This is especially true for students who may have learning disabilities such as attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sensory perception disorders, and even autism. Instead of having to focus on sitting still, which is a real challenge, they can focus on the task at hand.
Flexible seating is perfect for children who squirm in their seats and are unable to stay still.
Sitting on a bean bag, wobble chair, balance ball, or other comfortable furniture is a way to channel excess energy into constructive activities. Flexible seating acknowledges a child’s need to move, but at the same time, keeps them sitting still enough so that teachers and other students aren't interrupted. As the title suggests, a happy glutes makes for a happy student and teacher.
Prolonged sitting on a hard chair can cause adverse effects on your body. Research indicates that if you sit in a hard chair for long periods, day after day, your glutes shut down. Your glutes impact your hip movement and pelvic rotation. Therefore, what's bad for your derriere is bad for your entire body.
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|Kore Patented WOBBLE Chair, Made in the USA, Active Sitting for Toddler, Pre-School, Kids, and Teens; Kids don't have to sit still anymore -The BEST seat in any Classroom! - Blue - Kids (14in) • Amazon Business||$65.95||2||$131.90|
|Flash Furniture 24'' Square Blue Plastic Height Adjustable Activity Table • Amazon Business||$70.00||1||$70.00|
|Posh Bean Bag Chair for Children, Teens & Adults - 35", Heather Lavender • Amazon Business||$69.99||1||$69.99|
|Gaiam Balance Ball Chair - Exercise Stability Yoga Ball Premium Ergonomic Chair for Home and Office Desk with Air Pump, Exercise Guide and, Black • Amazon Business||$69.98||1||$69.98|
|Sofa Sack Bean Bag Chair, 3', Magenta • Amazon Business||$60.00||1||$60.00|
|Trideer Exercise Ball Chair, 65cm&75cm Stability Ball with Ring & Pump, Flexible Seating, Improves Balance, Core Strength & Posture (Office & Home & Classroom) (Ball with Ring (Turkis), 65cm) • Amazon Business||$32.99||1||$32.99|
|ECR4Kids The Surf Portable Lap Desk/Laptop Stand/Writing Table, Navy • Amazon Business||$25.00||1||$25.00|
|Gaiam Kids Balance Ball - Anti-Burst Exercise Stability Ball for Kids with Air Pump, Blue, 45cm • Amazon Business||$14.98||1||$14.98|
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