Welcome to the first post of a two part blog post series on Flexible Seating!
So, you’ve seen Flexible Seating and you want to try it, but it seems a bit overwhelming…. am I right?
YOU WILL NEVER GO BACK!
Types of Seating
Flexible Seating In Action!
WHERE WAS THIS WHEN WE WERE IN FOURTH GRADE?????? RIGHT?!
We mean, COME ON… They look so comfortable!
Where’s Their Stuff?
“Where is all of their stuff? They don’t have a desk, so where is it?”
This took some time to figure out! We can’t wait to show you what we came up with!
…and by the way, we have to tell you that the fact that students do not have a desk is AMAZING! There are no more messy desks or the famous excuse of, “I left it at school in my desk!” For the desks that we did keep in the classroom, we turned the sides that open toward each other so that students cannot use them. The bonus is that I get to use the desks for added storage!
Keeping it All Organized
Attendance, Lunch Count and Absent Students
Entering the Classroom
One of our students is the “Host.” The host calls different groups of students in at a time. This solves the problem of students making a mad dash for the favorite seats and provides everyone a chance at getting first dibs. The arrow on the left hand side is attached to a clothes pin. The clothes pin gets moved down to a new group each day. No more arguing!
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Direct instruction can become problematic when students are spread all over the room, and sometimes tucked in corners. Whenever we are teaching whole class, students bring their binders in their laps and sit on their Sit Spot. Each student has their own assigned Sit Spot. This allows us to pair students up with ability based partners and we can even create groups based on the color of their Sit Spot. (We will go into this in a later blog post!) Sit Spots are the bright colorful dots in the picture above. They are Velcro, so they are perfect for carpets! We do what we need to do whole group, and then the students return to their work area.
Interested in Sit Spots? Click below to check them out!
They even have a free sample that you can test out in your classroom!
Here is what works for us in our rooms. This Flexible Seating Contract goes over our basic Flexible Seating rules. The contract is given to students and parents at the beginning of the year. It definitely takes time for students to catch on, but once they get it, it works!
In the End…
If we are being honest, there were many moments of frustration and feelings of throwing in the towel, but we pushed through our difficulties and made adjustments when problems surfaced. We can honestly say that Flexible Seating has transformed the way we teach and the way our students learn. The feeling that Flexible Seating creates in your room is one that you MUST feel for yourself. The classroom changes from a stuffy and formal environment to a cozy, personal environment. It opens the flow for communication and conversations that we have never had in our rooms before. You seriously feel like a family and you get to know your students better than ever!
Not only will your students love Flexible Seating, but others will too!
Here’s a few examples…
When students from other classes walk by our rooms when the door is open, we hear,
“Wow! That classroom looks fun!”
“I really want to be in your class next year!”
“I’ve never seen a classroom like this! Tell me about it!”
“My child told me he/she didn’t have a desk, but I didn’t believe it until I saw it for myself!”
“My child loves your room!”
“He/ She always struggled with sitting in his/her seat and I think this setup will be a game-changer for them!”
We hope that we have provided you with some tips and tools for you to use in your room!
We would love to hear any questions or comments that you have in the Comments below!
Flexible Seatng Options: Perfect for your Class!
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