I work at a wonderful school with a great group of students. Many of the students in my class come from different backgrounds and may have other learning difficulties but that doesn't stop them from coming to school with a positive attitude and a "can do" mindset.
While we are lucky to be in a school that has some of the resources we need, there are still a few things we would love to have to make our learning environment even better!
We are constantly creating projects, working in groups and doing our best to grow our brains! Giving students options for how they choose to work empowers them and allows them ownership over their learning!
Flexible seating works! As I embark on my 7th year of teaching, I can't help but marvel at the impact flexible seating has had in my classroom. The decision to make the jump into flexible seating wasn't an easy one as I worried about classroom management and if I would actually see a difference. I had images of children misusing seating choices, arguing and struggling to manage all the different needs of my students.
The truth is flexible seating is expensive, but it's worth every penny.
The impact on my classroom environment is astounding. I’ve been able to provide my students with wobble chairs, yoga balls, and floor seating and I would love to add ErgoErgo chairs! My students take ownership over how and where they choose to work. They're engaged and more involved in tasks. They assume responsibility for the seating choices and how they're used and cared for. And, most importantly, it makes the classroom fun!
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