Flexible Seating in Elementary School
Outside the windows of our classroom is a dynamic, fast-paced, and ever-changing world full of choices. Our classroom environments should be conducive to open collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. This simply cannot be done when kids are sitting in rows of desks all day. The immediate benefits of flexible seating include burning more calories, using up excess energy, improving metabolism, increased motivation and engagement, creating a better oxygen flow to the brain, and improving core strength and overall posture. It's no surprise that physical activity is linked to higher academic performance, better health, and improved behavior.
With that conviction we have redesign classroom seating in our Elementary division and include carpets, yoga balls, hokki stools, floor pillows, standing tables, etc. We spent considerable time as teams and as a building staff talking, thinking, and planning what exactly we wanted for flexible seating, why we wanted it and its purpose. A different seating apparatus does not make for better teaching or a more engaged classroom. We actually believe that flexible and student choice seating take even more planning and classroom management than a traditional classroom but it is worth the effort. All we do is to keep kids at the end in mind with all decisions.
Last year, we piloted flexible seating in some of our classrooms and we are happy to announce that this school year 20172018 we will begin to implement it school wide.