They’re in every classroom: squirmy sitters, kids who find traditional, rigid chairs painful or constricting. The struggle to find a comfortable position can hinder their concentration and even distract others. Physical activity is essential for children’s minds to thrive, but it can be difficult to translate healthy movement from the court to the classroom.
The solution might be as simple as swapping out the hard seating for something a little more flexible.
Whether you manage the supplies for an elementary school or a high school, a lot of equipment requests are going to be focusing on an increasingly popular theme: collaboration. Common Core has a hefty focus on students’ ability to complete interdisciplinary group projects, and so do most state-based programs.
But the wrong desks can get in the way. The next time you need to order desks to replace broken inventory or to expand your district, look for desks with these three elements:
Active seating (aka flexible seating) is all the rave in the academic furniture community. The idea that all students are comfortable in the same type of environment is definitely antiquated. Teachers want students to learn in an environment where they are comfortable and most open to their instruction. The best way to accomplish this is through a variety of options for where and how they do their work. A solid active seating arrangement helps to maximize both student learning potential and your school’s furniture expenditures while creating a fluid and dynamic learning environment for changing curriculum.
Here are several ideas to help guide you through your active seating search:
Adaptive Desks for Adaptive Chairs
One way to keep your students engaged is by providing a standing height table solution to complement active seats. The Apex Series Double Student Stand-Up Desk by Marco Group provides a standing height table that is sturdy and easy to move. In addition, it offers ample space to study and take notes, supports a dry-erase option, and is height-adjustable to accommodate sit or stand learning preferences.
There is no doubt that classrooms have evolved in the last few decades. Today’s students are just as likely to spend a class period collaborating with a group, working with technology, or teaching a “flipped” lesson as they are to listen to a lecture. As our learning practices have changed, so should our classroom environment. One learning core aspect is the student’s seating solution. Flexible seating is one way that school administrators and teachers have begun to adapt the classroom space to meet all students’ needs. Having a comfortable and flexible seating solution not only helps maintain student focus but also allows your classroom to remain fluid with the continuous evolution of learning best practices.
Here are several flexible seating solutions to help your students maximize their learning potential:
Rocking Around the Classroom
For early childhood and elementary school learning environments, rocking chairs have been gaining popularity as a classroom seating option. Floor rockers are an excellent addition to any classroom library or small group workspace. The Zuma Floor Rocker, available in two sizes, allows students to rock back and forth silently while reading or working. What better way to help students develop a love of reading?