I teach 18 kindergarteners at a title 1 urban school. One third of my students are English language learners, and several receive special education services.
In recent years my school has been making a large-scale effort to adopt a very child-centered approach to classroom set-up. One of the things I have noticed lately is that the traditional seating arrangements--students at tables with chairs--are getting in the way of creating a student friendly learning environment. Most of my students range in age from four to six years, and they often find the heavy-duty, metal chairs in our room inconvenient. In the morning they must wait for me to lift their chairs down from atop the tables, and during independent reading and writing periods, during which students should be able to pick their own work spaces around the room, this heavy seating is difficult to move. Additionally, my classroom is not very large, and when students are sitting at their tables with their chairs pulled out, walking around to conference and offer support becomes difficult and time consuming. Students leaving their seats to retrieve materials or consult the word wall often have to take a circuitous route through the room to reach the things they need.
Discarding the traditional, heavy furniture in favor of "soft seats" will allow my students to take more ownership of their learning environment. Rather than being forced to wait for an adult to move their seat, students can pick up these light-weight cushions and take their work to various parts of the room. This mobility will give them the opportunity to spread out and use more work space, instead of being crowded at tables. The table space will still be accessible for those students who wish to make use of it--the height of our classroom tables is adjustable, so they can be lowered to cushion level. Furthermore, the "soft seats" take up less room than chairs, which will make it easier for students and staff to move about the room. Finally, using "soft seats" will allow students a wider range of seating positions. Not all children within this age group are physically ready to sit upright in a traditional chair. They often shift positions, raising their bodies up onto their knees and sitting cross-legged. The "soft seats" will give students the freedom to sit in whatever manner is most comfortable for their bodies, so that they can focus on learning!
Your assistance will help to ensure that my students are able to make the best and most effective use of their classroom environment.
|DD371GR - Soft Seat - Green • Lakeshore Learning||$6.95||6||$41.70|
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