This year, we will be utilizing flexible or alternative seating.
What is flexible seating?
It is the first step towards independent learning; rather than being told what to do, or in this case where to sit, children have the opportunity to be given a choice. This allows for them to solve problems and become more proactive learners as they age but also leads way to better collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking skills.
What are the benefits of flexible seating?
- Reduced risk of disease
- Less stress
- Strengthened mental health
- Improved physical fitness
- 2. Effective learning
- Better cognitive performance
- Higher ability to concentrate
- Improved memory retention
- Higher academic achievement
- 3. Improved behavior
- Students are less disruptive
- Students are better able to focus on the tasks they were assigned
- Fewer disciplinary incidents are reported
- Excess energy is used up
- What research supports flexible seating?
- Brain research also confirms that physical activity – moving, stretching, and walking – can actually enhance the learning process. Eric Jensen (2000), in his article Moving with the Brain in Mind, protests against the sedentary classroom style and suggests a better way to spend the long days in our classrooms, not only for students, but for teachers. Teachers need to engage students in a greater variety of postures, including walking, lying down, moving, learning against a wall or desk, perching, or even squatting. The brain learns best and retains most when the organism is actively involved in physical activity,
- CBS News Article on Flexible Seating:http://www.cbsnews.com/news/classroom-of-the-future-no-chairs/