Class KC has started a journey towards creating a work space with flexible seating as opposed to a traditional classroom setting. Find out why we’re on our way and see pictures of our first steps to get there!
Why start this journey?
-If you’ve ever asked a 5 year old to sit still for longer than five minutes then you know the wiggles kick in pretty early! When students are comfortable in a space and have chosen the space on their own they have longer attention spans and take ownership over the space they’re in.
-Everyone’s different. Providing a variety of options helps kids learn not only the content of the class, but also to learn about themselves as learners, workers, and creators! Some spaces work well for some, but not for others and we share that experience as a classroom family.
-Space! By adding a different variety of furniture into our classroom it has allowed us to use our space in a more productive and efficient way.
Find out some of the fun things we’ve added in KC and be on the lookout for more fun and exciting additions!
1. The sitting circle table- This was our first addition and a student favorite. Sometimes 6 students fit at this table and they love it! They don’t mind sharing and being in a close knit space because they’re comfortable and there by choice!
2. The red “Teacher Chair!” Originally this chair was the teacher chair and only available as a choice for students if they received a positive behavior reward, but with such comfort and funky style, why not open it to the brave and bold writers, readers, and mathematicians? I’ve seen this chair used in a myriad of different ways and I wouldn’t be surprised if they come up with more!
3. The Standing Tables- Inspired by my students who have the need to walk around, jump, and stretch while they work, the standing tables are a great work space that surprisingly promotes collaboration and individualism at the same time.
4. The Stump! My personal favorite and a favorite for those just passing through the space while needing a quick place to sit or a quick surface to write on. The stump provides comfort for those having trouble sitting on the carpet during mini lessons and in Reggio Emilia fashion, brings a little bit of the outdoors, in.
5. The traditional and the Old favorite- Of course we cant forget about the students who find comfort in a traditional table and chair. Or those who are at ease on the floor. Even with all of our new additions we still have 12 spaces for traditional seating at a table. Those who work on the floor have access to clipboards and other materials that allow them to do good work from the floor.
Because creating flexible spaces is a journey class KC has had a whole class discussion about possible changes in the future and students have given and will continue to give suggestions for improving their learning space.