Flexible Learning Spaces

This year I am teaching second grade (after nearly 10 years in Kindergarten) and I am so excited to be using flexible seating in my classroom. What is flexible seating you ask? Throughout the day, my students are given choice in where they sit. They may sit ANYWHERE they’d like to, as long as they have chosen their “best learning spot.” AND, I reserve the right to move a student if they are unable to make this responsible choice on their own.

Flexible seating in the elementary classroom makes a BIG impact on learning.

We are now three weeks into the school year, and I have only asked a student to move a few times because being able to choose their own place to sit means so much to them and they do not want to lose this special privilege. They love our flexible seating options and so do I!

Flexible seating gives students the choice to make a big impact on their learning!

One of our most popular spots is the stability balls. These balls have prongs on the bottom to prevent the balls from rolling all over the place throughout the day. The kids know they need to practice major self control if they choose a stability ball as their seating choice.

Flexible seating gives students the choice to make a big impact on their learning!

Another favorite spot is our lowered table with wobble cushions. We have a time everyday for students to tinker in our Makerspace and they really like working on the floor when they are creating. I also call this place our class “Sandpit.” Check out my post on Learning Spaces that Kids Crave to learn more about some mental steps I took when designing our classroom.

Flexible seating gives students the choice to make a big impact on their learning!

Students love to grab clipboards and spread themselves out around the room to work either on the floor, in our director’s chair (“Mountain Top“), or in our Big Joe Chairs.

Flexible seating gives students the choice to make a big impact on their learning!

Flexible seating gives students the choice to make a big impact on their learning!

A lot of people ask me how I conduct mini lessons or hold class discussions. Our “Campfire Space” is perfect for classroom meetings or direct instruction. This big circle rug is from Lakeshore and holds all my students. I have a whiteboard easel that I use frequently as a teaching aid.

Flexible seating gives students the choice to make a big impact on their learning!

When I need students to interact with me during lessons, they can use their iPads as we are a 1:1 district, or they can find any whiteboard space around the room, including the dry erase wall pops on the horseshoe table.

Flexible seating gives students the choice to make a big impact on their learning!

Flexible seating gives students the choice to make a big impact on their learning!

At BTSN recently, I had a few parents come in and tell me that their child really struggled in first grade because he “couldn’t sit still” or “stay in his seat.” When I told the parents about the success of their children due to the choice they have in flexible seating, it reassured me as well that this change is making a big impact on our entire classroom community.

Flexible seating gives students the choice to make a big impact on their learning!

 

Do you use Flexible Seating in your classroom? Do tell!

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