Myth #1: Flexible Seating is just a fad.
- Empowerment: Students learn best when they have some degree of choice in their classrooms. Flexible seating allows students to choose where to sit, who to work with, and when to make a change.
- Movement: We all know kids need to move. Yoga balls and wobble stools give students an opportunity to move in their seats, but any type of flexibility in your seating arrangement also allows them to change locations within the classroom throughout the day. Super helpful for your students with ADHD/ASD.
- Collaboration: Independent work? Check. Spread students out for testing? Easy. Partner activity? Done. When your seating is flexible, it is so easy to change up your grouping for collaboration. Students are used to moving seats, so it’s quick and painless!
- Comfort: Let’s be honest. Think about PD days. Sitting in a hard chair at a table all day is ‘gouge your eyes out’ miserable. Amiright? Now imagine doing that all day, every day, all year. You’d hate it. Getting to move around and having some more comfortable options is just kind of nice!
Myth #2: Flexible Seating means yoga balls & wobble stools.
- standing, sitting, and lying down
- working in a group and working alone
- changing location in the classroom