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.
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.
NBF's Back to School Survey Findings
With the help of social brand ambassadors in the education space, National Business Furniture distributed a survey around Back to School to better understand the unique set of challenges educators are facing this school year. The survey also shed light on solutions and advice for educators, from educators. The survey ran approx. two weeks (from July 23 - Aug. 7), and 1,160 responses were collected from educators across the country.