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August Knodt Implements Flexible Seating to Encourage Playful Learning
By Tripti Singh
As we advance in education, we look for new and innovative techniques to engage students so they can learn more effectively. August Knodt Elementary school is doing just that – they are experimenting with alternative student seating, using stability balls, scoop rockers, cushions, and stools in order to allow students more variety and movement. This will help students concentrate better as they learn and stimulate creative thinking, allowing them to excel in school.
This flexible seating is an innovative way to go about moving toward modern and alternative furniture in the classroom for students. Because the idea is so new and unexplored, only three classrooms are experimenting with the alternative seating: second, third, and sixth grade classes.
Second grade teacher, Sarah Guidry, shares her inspiration and the research she did in order to initiate this experiment. Guidry was tired of seeing her students slumped over and zoning out, so she began doing research on the use of stability balls for seating, and her findings displayed that both sides of the brain become engaged and allow for better focus. She further explains the impact alternative seating has had on her students and classroom environment, “They work harder, are more engaged, and my classroom is actually quieter (most of the time) because they are spread out.”
Many students approve of this new learning method, one student, Michael, said, “They help us rest and spread out.” This makes the classroom a comfortable and effective learning environment. In addition to the students’ approval, Sherryl Price, principal of August Knodt, is also supportive of this alternative seating initiative.
All in all, this new innovative seating method is beginning to prove itself to be an effective learning environment for the students, making it easier for them to focus and learn to the best of their abilities.