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Have you ever looked at a traditional school desk and wondered how in the world students sit in them for seven hours a day, five days a week? Some teachers have created a new alternative and began implementing it into their classrooms. This new idea is known as flexible seating. Flexible seating classrooms look very different than traditional classrooms. When you walk in the door, you will not see the traditional set up of twenty to thirty desks in rows and columns. There may be bungee chairs, wobble stools, standing desks, exercise balls, couches, and other alternate forms of seating.

Rhonda Hall, a second grade teacher at Farragut Primary School, began implementing flexible seating into her classroom a few years ago. She said flexible seating allows for collaboration for partner and group activities, empowers students by allowing them to have a choice and control their environment, and stimulates students’ sense of touch and sensory input; therefore, benefiting students with ADD and ADHD. She says, “in my classroom, students are more focused and are better with collaboration. They look forward to their seat because it is also fun.” Overall, flexible seating can be a great improvement to classrooms and can benefit the students.

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