Are you creating a classroom environment that is fitting solely for you? Or, do you keep your students in mind as you make decisions on decor and furniture arrangements?
|This is a photograph that I found online via Google. This is just one example of a flexible seating arrangement.|
Many of them were moving around. They were agitated and becoming more despondent the longer they were expected to be in these various positions. Needless to say, the lesson was loooong! The Enrichment teacher was flustered and I could tell that they were just trying to make it through the entire lesson. I was slightly mortified, but I could not be upset with my students because it was not their fault that they were uncomfortable.
|Here is another snapshot of a flexible seating arrangement. (Photo via Google)|
When we returned to class, we had a class discussion. I asked them what they thought of the seating style that they had just experienced. One student after another shared that they did not like it and expressed how uncomfortable it was. They also mentioned that they did not know exactly how to sit. Granted, this was their first experience and they had not been forewarned, but it had not been a situation that had gained their interest.
Sidebar: There were some pillows and stability balls in the classroom, but we were not allowed to access them. I also do realize that there are a variety of ways to structure flexible seating. This was just my classes’ (and my) first experience with flexible seating.