The "What, When, and How" of Flexible Seating
We've all heard the term-- flexible seating. It's a growing trend in schools across the country, namely with those that embrace innovation and creative change. There are endless pictures on social media that show the ways that teachers can configure their classrooms to make learning both exciting and effective. There's literature, blogs, and thinkpieces that explore the flexible movement, but what, at its core, is it all about? It's normal to have questions and, having used flexible seating in my elementary school classrooms for several years, there are easy answers to the majority of them. They all boil down to this-- by giving students choices to enhance their comfort, they can do better work and feel better, too.
Why We Work at Nature's Classroom Montessori
“The reason that it feels so good to come into work every single day is because you have the perfect environment to be the best version of yourself that you can be. You go to work and you are so happy to be there.” – Adriana Haslam, Lower Elementary Directress, Nature's Classroom Montessori.
Classroom Arrangement Tips
It’s a fact—there is no one size fits all solution to classroom seating. Class size, student behavior and the content of a teacher’s lesson plans greatly affect the way a classroom should be set up. Of course, it’s usually up to the teacher to decide how to arrange his or her classroom, and that typically involves some degree of trial and error. To help you decide what configuration is best for your students, check out the benefits and drawbacks of these popular classroom setups.