Flexible seating has taken a backseat during the pandemic since more focus has been placed on remote learning, PPE equipment, and other safety precautions as students head back to the classroom. Since learning loss has been a hot topic, the need for students to be more engaged is greater than ever. Studies have shown that when students move, they are more engaged, and it helps boosts their mood. A way to get more movement in the classroom is with flexible seating!
Dr. Brad Johnson started a conversation around flexible seating with a tweet asking teaches how they have their flexible seating space set up and what furniture they use:
Many education professionals shared their classroom or space set-up. Here are some of our favorites!
A Little Bit of Everything
Stability Ball Ideas
Stability balls were one of the most popular active seating options shared in this thread.
Dr. Lynne Kenney, Pediatric Psychologist, shared a picture of her office.
Standing Desk Ideas
Floor Seating Ideas
Kinesthetic Seating Ideas
Some teachers shared what their classroom looked like pre-COVID, since they’ve had to remove active furniture.
Federal Funding Toolkit
We hope you can use these ideas to start your own active classroom! Use this free toolkit to understand the federal funding that’s available to you. It’s a great way to spark a conversation with your principal or administrator around the importance of active seating in the classroom.