Over the course of the year last year, I purchased items to create flexible seating in my classroom this year. If you follow me at all on Instagram, then you know it’s been an up and down issue so far this year.
I started off with complete flexible seating. Here’s how it looked. The desks were kept in the corner because I will have to do state testing in my room later this year.
I loved my flexible seating arrangements! The kids did really well for a long time as well. See how well they worked?
Slowly, over the course of the first couple of months, however, we had some issues with kids fighting over seats or writing on my stuff. As a result, I took seating a way for a bit and brought out the desks. I hoped this would motivate them to change. They did stop writing on my things after that and worked hard for a couple of weeks to bring the seating back. However, I began to have issues with talking and not doing work during class group/individual work. I tried multiple different ways to get them to stop, but they would not.
It makes me sad when I have to take things away from my kids, but I’m a mom, as well as a teacher, I do what has to be done. So, I took it away again. This time I put all the flexible seating options in the closet and brought all the desks down.
Pardon the mess that is my teacher station.
They have now been without flexible seating for a full month. This week, I chose to bring back the flexible seating in a different way.
Currently, I have two small VIP sections. Every day the students have to EARN their chance at flexible seating. There are four students chosen each morning from the best behaved students the day before. These students get to choose out of the two sections and enjoy a day of comfortable seating. During group work, so long as it’s not an experiment science, they get to work together or choose to move to a group, then back to their comfy seat. So far, so good! I seriously hope by Christmas to have more and more seats back…we shall see.