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K-12 Spaces

Flexible Seating: New Initiative for Fundamentals of Learning

Source: KI Furniture Collection: Strive Seating and Pirouette Tables

Source: KI Furniture Collection: Strive Seating and Pirouette Tables

Source: Cassidy Lunney, The Mont Clarion

Flexible seating is a trend with teachers, mostly in the K-12 sector, that gives their students a higher level of comfort in school. This increases their concentration rate and retention. These arrangements can consist of anything from couches and beanbag chairs to stand up desks. This unique variety gives children of all interests and learning styles a chance to excel.

Ally Glickman, a first grade teacher in New Jersey was the first to implement flexible seating at her school. Since then, a majority of the other teachers have followed suit. Glickman noticed a positive behavior change in her students. Not only were they more focused but, flexible seating and unassigned seats allowed the children to gain a sense of community and responsibility.

These accommodations motivate students to have more independence and feel as though they are apart of something bigger. Due to this environment, students feel a higher sense of community and responsibility. Evolving classrooms to create a more stable and constructive space can be the key to a greater future for students.

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Alisa Verratti