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?
The pursuit to maximize a learning environment’s effectiveness is always going to be paramount. In our modern society, active seating solutions has ascended to become a game-changer in addressing the topics of enhancing student engagement, reducing classroom distractions, and promoting collaborative work. According to Edutopia (2015):
“Since implementing flexible classrooms, Albermarle County Public Schools have noticed that:
- Their students’ grades have improved
- Their students seem happier and more engaged
- Their students are participating more and having more invigorating conversations”
However, politics and budgets often dictate whether a school will make the leap towards innovation or keep the traditional classroom status quo. Investing in active seating furniture helps determine if it can benefit your students and teachers. Active seating creates a fun, engaging, and productive atmosphere that helps students develop critical life skills such as focus and team work. The Sit and Stand Student Desk by Luxor is an excellent introduction to active learning by providing a feature-rich desk standing desk solution for your students, thus keeping them engaged, while allowing you to determine if it’s something you can utilize in some or all of your classrooms.
Adaptable Active Seating
In addition to enhancing student engagement, many active seating solutions feature portability and a compact footprint since every classroom is different and lesson plans constantly change. Classroom seating that can accommodate different student age groups helps a school maximize its classroom furniture budgetary expenditures. The DOT Soft Seating Floor Stool by Balt is portable, lightweight, and can keep students engaged during floor activities such as music class, arts and crafts, watching educational films, and productive during study hall!
Among the many critical skills that students must develop at an early age are motor, cognitive, and social skills. The earlier children develop these skills, the better it helps them perform in future classes as well as their professional careers. Learning tools such as Easels can help develop these critical skills while also providing a flexible visual teaching aid for multiple classroom subjects and multiple grade levels. Integrating easels in your classroom helps students develop their cognitive skills by visualizing their creative ideas, understand different artistic perspectives, and allows them to express themselves thus boosting their self esteem and confidence.
When looking for an easel for your learning environment, there are several factors below that can help guide your search:
Art Station Easels
Finger painting, shapes drawing, and imaginations run wild with Art Easels. Designed for early school grades such as Kindergarten, art easels allow children to draw fun ideas and visualize how they see the world. Many art easels also include storage cubbies and drawers for an all-inclusive drawing solution with ample space for multiple students to express their ideas. The 4 Station Art Easel by Jonti-Craft provides a practical solution while offering ample storage, drawing space, and accessories to accommodate multiple teaching scenarios.