Flexible Seating Within the K-12 Classroom

From KNILT

Introduction

Welcome to "Flexible Seating Within the K-12 Classroom". Within this course, you will be learning about what flexible seating is and how it can be implemented into the classroom within a few easy steps. This course involves a lot of technology such as videos and Google Docs. It's important to remember that flexible seating may not work for every classroom. Just like everything else, it's important as teachers that we analyze and evaluate our students to see what learning environment may work best in the classroom based off of the many learning styles students bring into the classroom. If you are not currently teaching within a classroom, please don't worry. This course is open to current teachers as well as students interested in teaching within the future.

What Are the Objectives?

After completing this mini-course, students will be able to:

  • Explain what the idea of flexible seating is and the history behind it
  • Demonstrate how to set up a flexible seating classroom
  • Determine whether or not a flexible seating classroom is a correct choice for their students
  • Explore alternatives to flexible seating for their own classroom

Task Analysis

Unit 1: What is flexible seating and the history behind it?

  • Students will explore how flexible seating was started and by whom
  • Students will be able to describe what flexible seating is and the philosophy behind it

Unit 2: What does flexible seating look like? How can it be achieved?

  • Students will research what flexible seating looks like within different classroom types individually
  • Students will complete assignments on how different grade levels and subjects may use flexible seating as a group

Unit 3: Creating your own flexible seating classroom plan.

  • Students will create their own project on flexible seating based on their interests as individuals
  • Students will explore how students can be teachers and teachers can be students
  • Students will develop ways to test if flexible seating works for students in different settings

Unit 4: Determining if flexible seating is right for your classroom.

  • Students will collaborate as a group and create a mock argument or why or why not flexible seating works

Curriculum Map

Map out the sequence of learning units and activities to achieve the defined objectives.

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References and Resources

Havig, J., Conn, D., Kana, E., & Morris, T. (2017). Advantages and Disadvantages of Flexible Seating (ProQuest Dissertations Publishing). Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1942412260/