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I would say yes based on my observations this year. We’ve had several Ts attempt flexible seating and for some, it was too much too fast. Possibly introduce a few at a time and continue adding on rather than all at once? Just a thought. . . #5thchat
A2: Ss are able to choose where they feel they will be most comfortable and productive. Ss also have a say in who they sit next to. It teaches Ss how to advocate for themselves and make responsible decisions for their own good. #5thChat
A3- From an old, traditional 27 year vet, flexible seating was a huge change for me this year! I love it! Ss can move about more easily, get the fidgits out, and put themselves in a "just-right" work zone.
A1 flexible seating is not about looking like better homes and gardens magazine.... More than looking cute, there is a purpose for the spaces and furniture choices, the areas have expectations and are not a free for all #5thchat
Two of my Ss started a survey today about Flexible seating. ?- How do you feel about flexible seating. S1- "I feel comfortable on the seats and it really helps me think." S2- "I feel like it helps with your mind set and helps with work." #5thchat
A3: We need to keep in mind that it’s not my classroom, it’s our classroom. What space do the T & Ss need to collaborate, & work simultaneously without disturbing or disrupting the learning happening around the room. Ts should have an opportunity for choices as well. #5thChat
A3 I think Ts need to have in mind their non negotiable, maybe it’s certain types of activities or certain times of day. Also Ss should have input in the design and use of furnitures well as spaces that help them be more productive #5thchat
A3. Depending on what the activity is taking place in the classroom, this kind of lays down the demands for the types of flexible seating taking place within the classroom! If Ss are moving around constantly, limited flexibility! #5thchat
A3 The entire school system needs an overhaul! With that overhaul Ss will have their needs met, Ts will see their needs being met, Ss will get out of the high chair waiting for everything to be fed to them, and become the independent creators we know they can become!#5thchat
A4: We have several Ts who do a phenomenal job with flexible seating: @EALewis2016@Tpet27@asdajero . They listen to what their Ss are asking for, what they like & don’t like, have conversations with them about how they’re feeling with their seating choice. #5thchat
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@theresaklambert, @EALewis2016, @Tpet27, @asdajero
A4: Students need Practice practice practice making good choices with seating and learning - sometimes my students want me to "assign" them to a new location away from their friends #partnership#5thchat#edmodolove
A4- Feedback is important. It has often been a topic at our class meetings, brought up by other students. Talking about the difference between finding the best work space and finding a seat next to a buddy is something to revist. I revisit expectations often.
Absolutely! In our classroom we have what the students call “caves”. It is a first choice for many as it is a snug place. However it is not conducive for collaborative math. It is a fabulous place to read though. #5thChat
A4. A ss having flexible seating options learn self regulation by who they can sit by and pay attention to subject taught, talking, goofing around, etc is controlled and their functioned and engaged in learning! #5thchat
A4) They are learning about what works best for them and how to better monitor themselves. Sometimes it involves some discussion but Ss do eventually realize how to find a seat that works for them. #5thchat
A-5: Ss will have to understand that means they sit where they want and no one can come along and say "that's my seat!" Structure through procedures has to be provided for them to fully grasp that it is first come first served. #5thChat
A5: I don't assign seats, but I relocate Ss on occasion - When Ss say "they have my seat" I remind them I can start assigning seats if they want - otherwise first one to class gets their choice :) #5thchat#edmodolove
A5 Nobody owns the premium seats - everyone gets a turn! For some, knowing they have a home base is helpful, but there is always the expectation that they will need to move to other spaces at some point during the day. #5thchat
A5. If a Ss has their belongings at a seat and was sitting there working, and gets up to ask a question and returns, the Ss can still have the same seat. If a Ss was there yesterday, and didn't get there fast enough today, they will have to move to another spot! #5thchat
Agreed. We often have seating conferences in the midst of learning and students have a chance to self reflect on their seating choice and if it is working for them to learn. If I make all the decisions how will they ever learn. #5thChat
A5: Seats belong to everyone & I’ve seen Ts establish guidelines where at the beginning everyone tries out every seat. Then they reflect on what they like & don’t like. Then, consider taking turns & that Ss can’t monopolize a choice. Also, Ss can be moved at any time. #5thchat
A6 - Heading to a new school next year, and I've asked for a variety of tables, desk heights, and to get rid of the teacher desk. So far I haven't hit any roadblocks! Open communication and requests, not demands. #5thchat
A6: Depending on the material of some furniture- who will maintain the cleanliness? When a bunch of large furniture is added, it may make it more difficult to clean the area. How much furniture can be added while stay maintain safety for everyone in the room. #5thchat
A7: Search Pinterest for budget friendly ideas, also reach out to your PLN and ask for suggestions. If a T in your building is trying flexible seating, go pay a visit while Ss are in the room so you can see it in action. #5thchat
The balance balls are a huge hit! (5 and Below). Crate seating was easy to make and have lasted for two years so far. Students love the pillow I got from 5 and Below (actually dog beds, but they don't know that!) #5thchat
Yes! Find somebody or a few who are trying it out and feel it is successful. Most of our furniture cane from parents and community who donated once they found out it was to benefit the students. Students also write letters explaining our philosophy. #5thChat
Thanks to everyone who participated in this evening's #5thchat! Thanks especially to @theresaklambert for moderating!
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