Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Flexible seating begins on Monday...

I just wanted to let the parents know that I am starting a new approach to seating in my classroom once we resume class on Monday.  We will have Flexible Seating starting once we return next week.  This is something I have been considering for over a year, and I have decided to implement it with this class for the rest of this year.  I will be sending home a sheet with the following information on Monday, but if you are curious and want to know more now, you can read through it.

What is Flexible Seating

Flexible seating is just what it sounds like. It is seating, that is flexible. Think of walking into a Starbucks and finding a seat that you want to sit at to be productive. It is just like that! Students are able to pick a seat that they feel will work best for them. In my experience, my students perform better and are more focused when they are given a choice of how and where to work. 

Flexible seating does not mean that students will roam the room all day. They are still responsible for quality work.  It does not take away structure. Flexible seating gives students the opportunity to be comfortable where they are sitting. In turn, they are open to learning and listening. 
Students are still expected to follow the rules of the classroom. 

How will Flexible Seating work in my room?

Students will not need to rush in to get their seats in the morning. Seating is not first come, first serve. Before students leave for the day, they will choose their seating for the following day. Students that make excellent choices that day, will get first choice in their seating. Not every child will get their first choice seat every day. 

What kind of seating options will they have?

We will have:
2 lap desks
3 regular tables with stability balls
4 regular tables with regular chairs
2 standing tables
1 kneeling table (cushions provided)
2 low tables (cushions provided)
(all tables can sit two students)

We will also have enough regular table seating for students that want to sit at a typical seat. 

If you would like to donate a particular type of seat to the classroom, contact me and I will give you specific items needed.

Our rules concerning Flexible Seating

  1. Pick a seat that fits your body's needs best for that day.
  2. After class begins each day, there will be no switching seats, without asking an adult. 
  3. Make smart choices while using your seat. 
  4. An adult may ask you to move seats at any time for any reason.

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