Student Contributor: J.Waleske
Flexible seating is the practice of allowing and providing many seating options for students. This means having different types of seats like yoga balls, chairs, couches, stools, etc. This also means given students the freedom to choose where they sit.
Flexible seating is a strategy that my current mentor teacher uses, there are many options for the student to sit on including chair, stools, crates, yoga balls, and couches. The students have assigned seats where they keep all their materials and supplies, however, they are allowed to freely move to other locations to a place that they feel most comfortable with. This tool can be used to prevent behavior problems that coincide with fidgeting. However, it is necessary to talk about the procedures for using the flexible seating as some student may not be able to handle it and it can be more distracting rather than helpful. We need to teach students to make the right choice for their seating and encourage them to pick a seat that they are most successful in.
This tool is place in the preventative phase because I think that it is a useful tool that can be used in preventing disruptive outburst and behavior due to the buildup energy. Flexible seating works similar to fidget toys and allow students to fidget by bouncing on a ball, standing, balancing on a wobble chair. The tool fits into student centered management because they must make appropriate choices for where to sit and be most productive. This tool may require some collaborative management to create procedure for when using the various seats and what occurs is the class or individuals are using them irresponsibly.
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Tool Source: Melissa Krall