My students range in age from nine to eleven with reading levels from below 2nd grade to above 8th grade. Students come from all socioeconomic levels - some travel to London for the summer and others are unaware that our town is known as the "loveliest village on the plains." Some students may frequent a Starbucks, while others would be unaware of what they even serve. We work diligently at our school to meet all students where they are to maximize learning.
As a teacher, I am constantly searching for strategies to improve student engagement and motivation for learning. As I am constantly perusing Pinterest to scavenge ideas from other teachers, I continued to see classrooms transformed with alternative seating. I saw classrooms with low tables with stability pods, standing desks, stability yoga balls, stools, in addition to traditional seating options all in one classroom. Our schools follow the high pace our world follows, so our students struggle with attention and engagement. Reflecting on the positive transformations I saw, I wanted to try it.
Over the summer, I decided to just try a small step.
I used some classroom money given to me at the end of the school year to purchase five stability balls that could be used with desks, small group tables, or for independent reading. The reaction from students at the beginning of the school year was amazing. One thing, students were excited about entering our classroom. Reactions like, "Wow!! Yoga balls." I felt like we had already conquered one battle - students were excited to learn and they wanted to be at school. If they want to be in my classroom, I can teach them anything! As we settled into our routine, I quickly realized that I need more than just these five balls. I had one student with specific learning needs of frequent breaks and redirection. She receives a stability ball daily. The other students rotate turns utilizing the balls daily.
The addition of wobble stools and 10 more yoga balls would provide flexible seating options for 100% of our class. I want the "Starbucks" approach - people are happy, engaged in their work, and relaxed. I want that for our classroom! Alternative seating will help provide that atmosphere for us.
Kore Patented WOBBLE Chair, Made in the USA, Active Sitting for all ages, Toddler thru Pre-Teen; Kids don't have to sit still anymore - "The BEST seat in any Classroom"! - Blue - Junior (16in)
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Gaiam Kids Stay-N-Play Children's Balance Ball - Flexible School Chair, Active Classroom Desk Seating with Stay-Put Stability Legs, Includes Air Pump, Grey, 52cm
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