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


ETAP 623 Spring 2020 (Zhang) Sydney Wilk Mini-Course


Unit 4 Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to collaborate as a group or individually and create a mock argument or why or why not flexible seating works through a PowerPoint presentation.

Please complete your final assessment of this course here.

Recap of Flexible Seating

Within the past few modules of this course, we have covered a lot of ground with flexible seating. One important detail to remember is flexible seating doesn't look one specific way. Whether you use bean bags or yoga balls, flexible seating in your classroom can be unique. It's also important to remember that flexible seating may not working for all learning styles and behaviors. One year flexible seating may work for your class and the next it may not. Flexible seating allows students to have a sense of ownership as well as responsibility. As we learned in module 2, teachers often have students sign "Flexible Seating Contracts" where they will agree about being fair to others and understanding that this form of seating doesn't have to be forever. This way, students are signing that they understand what is being asked of them and that they also understand how flexible seating will work on a day to day basis. As we've discussed in this course, it's important that we are ensuring that we can have a form of seating that will benefit all students and create a positive learning environment.

To conclude our course on flexible seating, please watch one more video that shows why and why not flexible seating may work on the classroom:

Is Flexible Seating Right for Your Classroom and Students? Final Project!

Now that we have covered many different sections of flexible seating, it's time to determine if flexible seating is right for your classroom. I have reviewed each of your sketches of a flexible seating layout and they looked terrific. Although through a picture these plans look great, but is flexible seating right for you? To finish this course, I'm asking that you create a PowerPoint of why or why not flexible seating is a good option for your classroom. I will attach the directions to the assignment here. If there are any questions after reading the assignment details, please feel free to email me at swilk@albany.edu.

Activity 4: Share your thoughts on flexible seating

Similar to last unit, I would like each of you to document your thoughts and ideas about this unit within the thoughts log. I have created a new log specifically for unit 4 that is separate from unit 1, unit 2, and unit 3. I enjoyed reading each of your responses last week and I think you each bring up great points and ideas. Did this week answer any of your pending questions? If so, please add this to your post. The link to this weeks thoughts log is here.


Allen, C. (2018). Flexible seating: Effects of student seating type choice in the classroom (Order No. 10812813). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2061668236). Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.libproxy.albany.edu/docview/2061668236?accountid=14166

Kennedy, M. (2017). Seat yourself: Providing students a variety of seating choices in a classroom helps enhance learning opportunities. American School & University, 89(8), 26-28.