A Flexible Seating Classroom or Environment is one where students are given different seating options from which to choose. They are encouraged to decide what option best matches the nature of the task at hand, as well as their needs.
On the one hand, Flexible Seating is aimed at reducing the number of sedentary periods children spend in school, since movement is key to the development of their core strength and health. On the other hand, it has a huge impact on their sense of responsibility and their own self awareness. Students are not told where to sit or by whom, which helps them notice when a situation is not working for them or others, and pushes them to fix it.
Some flexible seating options may include, but are not limited to, tables and desks of different sizes and heights, regular chairs, yoga balls, wobble stools, stools, pillows and cushions, bean bags, scoop chairs, rocking chairs, pouffes, armchairs, couches, yoga mats, tents, rugs and carpets, etc.
The Flexible Seating program was piloted in 2016-2017 school year in two classrooms to observe how students adapt to new learning and working environments. The results were an increase in motivation, collaboration, engagement and creativity. Driven by 21st century learning, BFIS also considers what that means in a classroom setting and we are certain of the benefits of incorporating this program in every elementary classroom.
- Traditional schools desks give way exercise balls and wobble stools
- New classroom furniture to support engagement
- Flexible seating and student-centered classroom