Watching my second grade student tap dance effortlessly in the talent show with a huge smile on her face made my heart fill with joy knowing how far she had come this year. This student came into class distracted and often disruptive. However, with lots of love and acceptance she grew into a happy, well adjusted, and smart girl. That to me is what teaching is all about .My students are an amazing group of learners who are highly creative critical thinkers. They are team players who are willing to participate, engage and take risks. In addition, my students are polite, respectful and get along with their peers. The sense of pride they have in their classroom community is so meaningful and enriching that I learn from them on a daily basis.
If I were given the the opportunity of incorporating a flexible seating arrangement in my classroom, I know it would increase student "buy in" and involvement. It would also simply make a more comfortable environment for student learning. I believe that being comfortable allows students to become vested in tasks and their behavior becomes equally positive. When students are comfortable they are less distracted and disruptive. They are calm, focused and productive. In addition, when I give students choice, for example where they'd like to sit or the option of movement, I've found they are willing to work with others, share ideas and work as a team.
I have always known that physical activity in the classroom, such as moving, stretching, or walking can enhance the learning process.
It increases motivation and engagement, creates better oxygen flow to the brain and improves core strength and posture. It's no surprise that physical activity is linked to higher academic performance, better health and improved behavior.
Having a flexible seating environment will give students choice and the ability to solve their own problems. It also helps with team work as stated earlier. Not only does it make it easier for students to work in pairs or in small groups, it helps create a community as they share their space and supplies rather remain territorial. It encourages them to take turns with seating locations and with different seating options.
I think the fact that students will have a choice in their learning and where they want to learn will make such a difference to them. Students need the opportunity to move, make choices, build a community, and problem solve. I am very excited to enter this innovative way of working together with my students to create our flexible classroom.
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This classroom project was brought to life by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and one other donor.