Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Flexible Seating. A Year Later.

Sitting on my own, not by myself...
Everybody's here with me...

{Sitting - Cat Stevens}

It's been just about a year since I threw caution to the wind and launched 100% flexible seating in my room.

I am sad I didn't do it sooner. I am sad I didn't have this in school! I am so happy I did this and haven't regretted it for a moment!!!

My classroom has been transformed. No fighting over seats. No "ewww I have to sit next to them!" No tripping over 20 chairs.

Now it's just learning, engagement, tripping over kids on the floor, and a relaxed and safe learning environment.

The best thing has been how easily the kids just get to work. It's natural. It's painless. Sure, there are times where I need to move kids. It's also a miracle if a day goes by without someone falling off a hokki stool. I've even realized we need fewer Go Noodle breaks because they are naturally moving about as they work and learn! I love how they've taken ownership over this too and come up with some pretty wacky seating choices...

BUT. oh BUT! The pay offs. I just love it. My room isn't loosie goosie by any means. There are times where I need everyone around the rug. There are times they can't be too far from the learning. There are times where someone loses a spot/choice. But I can see, with less than 8 weeks in the year (say what!) that these kiddos know who they are as learners, know what spot works best when, and are just thriving.

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17 thoughts on the matter:

Tom said... {Reply}

...what a creative classroom. Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you again.

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said... {Reply}

I love this!! You are such a great teacher!

NCSue said... {Reply}

How fun is that!
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packmom said... {Reply}

This is so cool and I know my kids would love to have these options. They sit in the weirdest places at home to work but whatever works for them I'm ok with.

Taz + Belly said... {Reply}

Don't think I'm being ridiculous, but I almost teared up reading this! I was THAT KID who couldn't sit still in class (I'm still that kid, but at 37, I can choose where and how to sit pretty regularly). Fortunately, I had teachers who never minded that I stood next to my desk or had one knee on the seat and one leg on the floor. Sophie would THRIVE with an option like this in her classroom!

Dara @ Not In Jersey said... {Reply}

I really wish my kids, especially Zachary, had this in their classrooms!

Ida said... {Reply}

How fun is that. You are a great teacher because you think outside the box and want to make learning a fun experience for your students.

Anonymous said... {Reply}

Great the kids can sit the way they want to, and I bet there's more concentration and focus this way!!
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Buckeroomama said... {Reply}

Kids do learn better when they're allowed to move about, without too much restriction. Yay for free seating!

betty-NZ said... {Reply}

What a simple but fabulous idea! Every classroom should have this!

Bekah said... {Reply}

I love this - I remember loving it when you first talked about it! I wish we would have had it in our school too (even though personally, I'm fine to sit at a desk in a normal chair) because I think it would have made school that much more fun! You're a great teacher! :)

Chere Mama said... {Reply}

Ingenious!!! Especially for boys. My oldest son learned his math facts hanging upside down from the sofa. It just seems more of a natural learning space. And the pictures are fun too!!!

Indah Nuria Savitri said... {Reply}

love the classroom! Very creative and flexible. And you use the painted used tyres as well!

Jill Foley said... {Reply}

I love that it's working so well for them.

Claire Justine said... {Reply}

Such a lovely classroom. The seats look like fun :) Thanks for linking up.

likeschocolate said... {Reply}

In 4th grade, my son had a teacher who realized that he had a hard time sitting still in a chair and let him stand at his desk and there was an immediate change in his performance and behavior.

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