Why did I choose to have alternative seating options in my classroom?
Do we all learn the same? NO! With that being said, why do we expect all kids to learn in the same environment? A few years ago I was inspired by two amazing teachers at my school. I came in after a nice long summer break to see they had replaced the desks and chairs in the their rooms with lower tables, exercise balls, moon chairs, pillows, and other various seating options.
The light bulb went on! Why do I expect all my students to sit in a chair and desk and learn? At home I do my best work on the couch with the sound of the TV in the background...I would NOT learn best at a desk and chair. So I too transformed my classroom.
I added the following items...
I allow two students to sit on here at a time. Students can get clipboards or lap desks for writing, which ever they prefer.
lower tables and exercise balls.
moon chairs and cubes.
Again students can use clipboards or lap desks to write on.
even lower table and pillows.
Other seating options that are not pictured yet. (I will post more pictures as my room continues to come together.)
1. mini stools
2. bean bags
This is not to say that you will not have any behavior issues...to say so would be a fantasy. We all know that no matter what setting you have in your classroom, kids will be kids and test the waters every now and again. However, this arrangement is will provide a comfortable place where learning is conducive.
***Any student that would prefer a desk and chair is always welcome to one.***