Want to find out if Sit Spots work on your flooring?
while they are sitting next to their friends?”
Take a look below at the system we use in our classroom.
Clean Zone, Talking to Neighbor, Out of Seat, Inappropriate Use of Seating, and Trips to Backpack.
Clean Zones are necessary to keep items from spilling over into other students’ “work bubbles,” since work spaces are less defined than the traditional desk. The Talking to Neighbor offense is hit with a fine of $20 and the action of moving! If you put a fine on this, your problems will be reduced significantly! The act of moving sets the tone for other students in the room also. The loss of seat seems to have the highest impact! Students start to realize that they need to find a “Just Right Seat,” rather than just sit next to their BFF. And from our experience, we can tell you that we do have BFFs sitting next to each other every single day and they behave extraordinarily! They quickly realize that they are in control of whether they sit next to each other or not! We noticed that in the beginning of the school year, students tend to think that they can get up whenever they want. The Out of Seat fine helps with this problem. The Inappropriate Use of Seating is extremely important. It took one deflated ball and a snapped lap desk to figure this one out! When this type of thing happens in your Flexible Seating Classroom (which it will at some point) you will be shocked at how the other students react. They were NOT happy with the offender! A popped ball means one less ball for them to use! We highly recommend that you DO NOT replace items that have been destroyed by students. If you replace them, be prepared to keep replacing them! When this happened, the boy who popped the ball with his pencil brought a new one in THE VERY NEXT DAY without even being asked, along with an apology note to the class. The gasps and looks of disappointment were far more powerful that anything else! Trips to the Backpack fine is put in place so that the students are prepared for their day. We keep our backpacks outside, as mentioned in our first blog post. If you missed it, click here .
So, you’ve seen Flexible Seating and you want to try it, but it seems a bit overwhelming…. am I right? We felt the exact same way!
Hopefully, after looking through some of our tips, you will gain the
confidence and motivation to start it in your room!
YOU WILL NEVER GO BACK!
WHERE WAS THIS WHEN WE WERE IN FOURTH GRADE?????? RIGHT?!
We mean, COME ON… They look so comfortable!
“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!
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 on a clothes pin that gets moved down each day. No more arguing!
Super simple… and better yet, this sign is a FREEBIE in our store!
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First Choice Seating FREEBIE!
in our Flexible Seating Classroom!
Because students are spread all over the room, and sometimes tucked in corners, direct instruction can become problematic. Whenever we are teaching whole class, students bring their binders in their laps and sit on their Sit Spot. Each student is assigned a 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. It 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!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’ve never seen a classroom like this! Tell me about it!”
“My child told me they didn’t have a desk, but I didn’t believe it until I saw it for myself!”
“My child loves your room!”
We hope that we have provided you with some tips and tools for you to use in your room!
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