Flexible Seating Research and Support for Pilot Program 2017 - 18

Rock Creek Elementary School has begun a pilot program to explore the implementation and effects of  Flexible Seating in the classroom.
This page contains information and research in support of the pilot.

January 2018 Rock Creek Report on Flexible Seating Project: Click here

flexible seating classroom is one in which traditional seating chart are replaced with seating arrangements that allow the students to sit where they choose.

Flexible learning spaces are designed to be communal spaces which can be configured in a number of ways for specific learning experiences. This means they provide opportunities for students to work together in collaborative and exciting ways.

Spaces Designed for Active and Engaged Learning and Teaching

By Chrissy Romano-Arrabito (Columnist)     Aug 16, 2017

At Albemarle County Public Schools, flexible classrooms empower student choice, increase student engagement, and improve student participation.

These students work while standing, kneeling—some of them even sit in chairs.
By John S. Thomas

A middle school teacher gives you a peek inside her classroom. Look for ideas on how you can begin to transform your own room.

Includes a bibliography of resources and implementation ideas.


6 Problems with Flexible Seating in the Classroom - Clutter-Free ...

Sep 3, 2016 - It will point out potential problems and things you may not have thought about if you hopped on the flexible seating bandwagon without weighing all the pros and cons. Designing your classroom in an alternative manner provides your students with the opportunity to work in a relaxed environment.

The Pros and Cons of Flexible Seating - Sharing Kindergarten

May 28, 2017 - There are pros and cons of flexible seating for every teacher so you really have to examine your classroom, your students, and your students' needs to decide if flexible seating is the classroom environment for you.

The Pros and Cons of Flexible Seating in Second Grade | Heidi Songs

Sep 9, 2016 - In this post, I'm going to give you an update on how I am implementing flexible seating in my current second grade classroom. Of course, I have never done this before, so I am working my way through it and figuring things out as I go along! Some of it has been wonderful, and to be honest, some of it has ...

5 Reasons Flexible Seating Didn't Work for Me · Teaching on Less

Jul 8, 2017 - If you've struggled with student engagement or achievement and you currently have flexible seating in your classroom, I encourage you to make a list of the pros and the cons to better assess how your new school year should go. Thanks for reading! “I have not failed. I just found 10,000 ways that won't work ...

Teaching With a Mountain View: Flexible Seating Reflections

Jan 8, 2017 - Teacher Space: This is a half pro/half con! When we decided to implement flexible seating, my co-teacher and I gave up our big, beautiful teacher desk. Now, it's a seating option for students. We replaced it with a very small (VERY small) desk from IKEA that was just big enough to fit a laptop, plan book, and ...

Flexible Seating - Is it for you? – The Wright Nook

Jul 24, 2017 - Cons of flexible seating. It can get expensive very quickly. You will have to buy a lot of options…. plus don't forget that you have to buy clip boards and/or lap desks for every student!! This could get pretty pricey. Behavior management might be hard to control (fighting over a chair??) unless you have a really ...

Literacy Loves Company: Flexible Seating: The Pros and Cons

Jul 8, 2017 - But over the last year and a half that I have been doing flexible seating in the classroom, I've also found some things I don't love about it and it doesn't always meet the expectations I have for how it should work. This summer I find myself doing a lot of thinking about the pros and cons of flexible seating.

Memories Made in First: Flexible Seating Pros & Cons (A Classroom ...

Jan 10, 2017 - In previous years, my classroom felt cramped and crowded with 25 student desks and chairs. The absolute number one PRO to ditching the desks is all the added space! We have so much space for math tubs, science experiments, and other activities. Before I get to the pros and cons of flexible seating, let's ...

Flexible Seating: 4 Questions to Ask Yourself (Part 1) - All Kinds of ...

Aug 5, 2016 - Each of the questions below mirrors an essential part of the process I went through in designing my flexible classroom. I scoured the Internet for pictures and articles–about the elements of classroom design, health risks associated with sitting and the pros and cons of standing desks, learned about the Third ...

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Jan 9, 2018, 11:34 AM