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Is Flexible Seating Really Worth the Hype?

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Is Flexible Seating Really Worth the Hype?

Flexible seating has been becoming more and more popular over the years. You almost can't log on to Pinterest without seeing beanbag chairs, tire seats, and couches in classrooms around the world. However, setting up flexible seating can be expensive and time consuming to set up. So is it really worth it? Let's take a closer look.  WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS Flexible seating has been studied over and over again. It shows that "Children who participate in short bouts of physical activity within the classroom have more on-task behavior, with the best improvement seen in students who are least on-task...

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How to Get Started With Flexible Seating

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How to Get Started With Flexible Seating

  “If we truly want to prepare our students for the real world, we need to put them in responsive, dynamic environments that reflect life outside of a traditional classroom. And what’s that life outside like? Full of choices, where adults are responsible for their own learning. As a college student visiting my classroom once said, “It’s like you’re treating them like little adults.” And as my teaching has changed, my classroom design needed to change right along with it.”              - Kayla Delzer, Why Flexible Seating?   There are many reasons you might want...

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Alternative Seating in the Classroom

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Alternative Seating in the Classroom

I have been seeing things float around the inter-webs that really intrigue me. It's the idea of alternative seating. Teachers (and now researchers) are finding that allowing students choice and movement in their seating arrangements can greatly improve behavior and academic performance. I have already posted about using yoga balls in my room and how well it worked for my students with ADHD. I have since seen sooooooooooo many more options that I LOVE. If you are new to alternative seating, or inching your way closer to thinking about it as a real possibility for your classroom, hopefully this post will...

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Yoga Balls

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Yoga Balls

I have a fun idea that I want to share with you today. It is something I have tried in my classroom with positive results. That idea....yoga balls! My second year teaching I had a severe ADHD student. He was really lovable and likeable but had an extremely hard time focusing. He lived at home with a dad who definitely cared about him but was adamant that he didn't want his son on any medication. He has ADHD and was put on medication as a child. He didn't like what it did to him and didn't want to put his...

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