Super Scholars: Learning Comes Alive With Flexible Seating
Help me give my students a clean comfortable floor space to work at our low table or have whole class discussions; and sturdy stools to provide seating for our high tables in our flexible seating arrangement.
In our classroom, students are scholars! My amazing 23 fourth grade scholars take an active role in their learning by asking questions, leading their peers' or their own learning, and setting goals. I continue to be inspired by the incredible kindness, determination, and motivation this year's scholars have shown. Students have lead their own projects, creating change within our school, and building our classroom community. For example, they have created kindness challenges, encouraged others by being their "growth mindset buddy"; and shared concerns, suggestions, and celebrations in our classroom meetings. This ownership not only reflects in their work, but is essential to be confident, skilled, creative, and successful citizens.
I strongly believe in building collaboration among students, empowering them with cooperative learning and problem solving strategies for them to be successful in the future.
Therefore, last year I implemented flexible seating in my classroom. Flexible seating promotes movement to a variety of learning spaces, creating opportunities for students to collaborate with peers, have choice, and take responsibility for their learning. I have learned so much from this journey, and strongly believe in its positive impact on student learning. In our classroom, we are always moving, talking, and learning!
After implementing flexible seating within my classroom for one year, I quickly learned the most popular spots in the room. Two areas we use frequently are the floor space and higher tables. Our current rug is small and not suitable for the amount of wear it gets with a busy classroom. Our higher tables are popular for students because they can stand if they wish, or choose to use a stool. Our current stools are not as sturdy and often make noise. Sturdier stools will make this area safer and quieter!
I strongly believe students learn more when they are able to have movement built into their daily routine, and choose which learning spot best suits their individual needs.
Therefore, I closely examine how effective our flexible seating arrangement is, make changes if needed, and invite students to share their opinions. The items I requested are those most requested by students also. Thank you for your time and consideration into promoting collaboration through flexible seating in our classroom! We greatly appreciate it!
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