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Flexible Seating in Classrooms at Freeman Elementary

Imagine walking into a coffee shop and finding a seat that you will be comfortable in. Flexible (Alternative) seating in a classroom is just like that! Flexible seating is a choice provided to students that allows them to work around the room comfortably and focused. It provides students the environment they need to be their best. These seating arrangements can look wildly different from room to room, and the depth of implementation can too!

This year a number of elementary rooms at Freeman are using Flexible Seating.  In different classrooms you will find various seating options such as crate seats, pillows, scoop chairs, stability balls, and wobble stools.  You can also find in some desks raised higher for students to stand and work.

There are many reasons why teachers have gone to this type of alternative seating.  It fosters a community of learners taking turns and sharing different seating options.  Flexible seating allows students to learn better through collaboration.  When children cannot move, they become distracted or disruptive. Flexible seating allows students to appropriately bounce, fidget, lean, stand, kneel, and sit to suit their needs.  Uncomfortable students tend to be distracted and unproductive. Comfortable students are calm, focused, and productive.  Many flexible seating options stimulate students’ sense of touch, and this kind of stimulation can help students focus. Sensory input is especially helpful for students with attention challenges.

Freeman Teachers would like to give a BIG Thank you to the Freeman Public School Foundation for providing grant money to help purchase some alternative seating options for the classrooms.

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