Flexible seating continues to be popular amongst elementary classroom teachers. We are all seeing Pinterest and Instagram photos of couches, crates, tires, stools, cushions, benches, laundry baskets, yoga balls, ottomans, and pillows in these elaborate classroom layouts. Some teachers love it and are asking questions about what it is and how to start, while other teachers are reluctant and asking about the research behind it and what the proven benefits are. Wherever you fall on this spectrum, I support you on your journey towards providing your students with the best education possible.
Take a peek at these posts that offer 1) some things to consider when implementing flexible seating and 2) some awesome ideas, tips, and pictures related to flexible seating options. Whether you are a classroom teacher, special education teacher, or specialist, this information is very valuable for you.
Read this post if you are thinking about partially adopting flexible seating in your classroom or fully implementing it. This post identifies 6 potential problems with flexible seating and offers solutions for them. By planning for the potential challenges, you will be better equipped to overcome them or avoid them altogether. For example, you can avoid misuse of the flexible seating tools by coming up with management and organization strategies ahead of time and communicating these expectations with students through rules on an anchor chart, having them sign a contract, posting signs or posters about how the class is expected to store everything. Another example is to reach out to parents ahead of time through a parent letter explaining flexible seating procedures, rotations schedules, and choice boards with regards to flexible seating. This will prevent angry phone calls later into the year. Grab all these preventative strategies today from this blog post!
Check out this post to learn about my experience with implementing storage cube ottomans. Whether you are purchasing flexible seating tools from IKEA, Amazon, Five Below, or are doing a DIY project, read how this specific flexible seating tool worked in my learning environment for my third graders.
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