Flexible seating has become all the rage in elementary school classrooms. Rather than confining kids to traditional tables and chairs, teachers are giving students lots of different seating options so that children can take control of their learning and find a classroom work space that feels best to them.
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Setting Kids Up for Success
Now, before we jump in, you may be wondering, “How in the world do you keep kids focused when they’re allowed to wander around the room?”
The answer? Setting expectations and providing lots of practice.
With privilege comes responsibility so students must find a spot that helps them stay productive and focused. If they don’t, they can be moved and (gasp!) assigned a work spot.
And just like anything new, modeling what good choices look like and giving children plenty of opportunities to practice during those first few days of flexible seating sets the class up for success.
Kids will love trying out all of their options those first few days so that they can find the few that work best for them.
Now let’s checkout some inspiring flexible seating ideas…
I love Heidi Songs’ low cost version of the yoga balls: a bouncy ball in a crate. Genius! // Heidi Songs
And one teacher lets her kids move their seating options around the room. // Teaching with a Mountain View
Want reusable sit spots instead of buying an expensive rug?! Three words: velcro sit spots! // Teaching with Grace
Kids can lounge in foldable beach chairs… // Mrs. Reller’s Classroom
Or adirondack chairs. // Sparking in Second Grade
They can even get comfy in laundry baskets! // Heidi Songs
Let kids lay on a rug or cozy up in an oversized chair. // Snarky Gingersnap
Set up a cafe table with stools. // Teach Create Motivate
If you’re up for a DIY project, you can even turn some recycled tires into super cool furniture. // The Real Housewives of Riverton
Or make some colorful benches. // The Teeny Tiny Teacher
Set up a reading fort with PVC piping. // Little Miss Kimberly Ann
Or make a no sew teepee! // EHow
There are so many possibilities!
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