My daughter, Eva, and I spent several hours in Room 1 today arranging new seating options. Here are some of them:
|Some rolling office chairs |
and yoga balls
|A few cozy chairs at the front of the room|
|A comfortable sitting area|
I've been reading a lot this summer about student engagement. I want my classroom to be a place where students want to come. I want them to have choices and to feel comfortable. According to what I read, this helps kids focus better and encourages more authentic participation.
There are still traditional desk and chair options available for students who want or need that. Some kids will be more successful with this kind of structure. I, myself, am feeling a little bit anxious about trying this new thing, but I believe it will be a success and it's definitely worth giving it a shot.
Here are some links to articles and blogs that support this kind of seating:
- Forget the neat rows of desks
- New Jersey School Encourages Alternative Seating in Classrooms
- Alternative Seating Brain Research- Blog
Let me know if you have any questions.
Where do you think you would prefer sitting in Room 1?