I work with a group of very bright and energetic students. During independent work time, 80-90% of my students choose to work under the table, in a tight corner, or laying on the floor. Creating a space where students are able to have a choice in where and how they are most comfortable to work and learn is my priority. We live in a fast-paced and ever changing world full of choices, how can we expect our students to solve problems and make choices independently if we constantly solve their problems and make their choices for them? I believe a classroom should be an environment that is conducive to open collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. This simply cannot be done when kids are sitting at a desk or table for 6-7 hours a day!
With flexible seating my students will have an opportunity to feel empowered by having some degree of choice and control over their environment. Flexible seating will allow my students to wobble, rock, bounce, lean or stand, which increases oxygen flow to the brain, blood flow and core strength. In turn, this burns more calories and increases metabolism. It also helps keep young minds more alert and focused. The choice of flexible seating allows students to quickly and easily pair up, work in small groups, or discuss as a whole class. Most importantly, flexible seating creates a fun, warm and inviting space for students to learn!
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