6 Ways to Use Flexing Seating in Your Classroom
There are two things you should know about sitting in a school classroom: It’s a work environment, and you’ll look like a bat out of hell if you stay seated all day long. But those are only half the challenges for teachers as they decide if they should take advantage of those solutions to office design. You also need to consider if that teaching style—flexible seating for three, six, or nine students at a time—is the best fit for your teaching style.
If you’re comfortable moving among students, studying in the window, or doing team-building exercises with your team, flex seating may be a good fit. If you’re a shy person, working with quiet students and spending time in the corners of a room aren’t the best possibilities for you.
So let’s break down which types of teachers the author’s research found most use flex seating—and what it takes to work with them.
If you’re a playful, improvisational, active, active, sporty, social, or a “fair weather” type of person who spends a lot of time outside, flex seating is the perfect place for you. As long as you can get that out of your head, flexible seating is a great solution for casual daydreaming and some learning about learning while outside the classroom. Just make sure you build it into your work.
About You: Are you in a position where flexible seating can contribute to your daily life or at least your work? If so, you’d better get to know your school better. Everyone who works in a traditional classroom needs someone to consult with about whether they would be better suited for flex seating.
II. PERSONA NON GRESPECTIVE.
Are you a social worker, teacher counselor, college professor, counselor, social worker, health educator, or therapist? Then flex seating is perfect for you, but only if your goal is to stay active and stimulate the senses in a classroom. Remember, the lesson time is optional. Instead, spend your time in flex seats earning that teaching certificate. But if your job calls for manual work in the quiet corners of the room, flex seating is out of the question.
About You: If you work in a profession that requires a lot of scrutiny and activity to be effective, flex seating isn’t the best solution for you.
If you’re a true spiritual, contemplative, or even artistic person who likes the quiet interiors of a classroom, flex seating isn’t for you. It’s just not your lifestyle, so you’ll need to rethink how to use the structure in a classroom.
About You: When you become religious or spiritual, you transform yourself, but you don’t become your work. Flex seating is more suited to someone who needs the structure of a job and the support of a community. In that situation, flex seating is a huge help.
If you work in an educational setting or as a classroom assistant, flex seating is very appealing. It’s a nice option that will help keep you in your shoes as you educate your class (or maintain your space at work). As long as you keep your posture and body functions in line, you could probably fit flex seating into any position you’re comfortable in.
About You: The only way flex seating is suitable for you is if you move well and only do some work outside the classroom. That way, your students won’t feel like they’re sharing the room with a workin’ gal.
V. UNDER PRESSURE.
If your job requires you to stay connected with the latest trends in education, flexible seating is a great fit for you. It’s not the case, however, for those who aren’t glued to the classroom monitors, especially if they work behind the scenes in administration or as a director or department head. You’re almost likely to be way more comfortable on an office chair while working late or on weekend nights than you are with students walking around the room all day long.
About You: Flex seating won’t work for you if you’re the type of teacher who plans ahead with minimal thinking and is prone to ruminating on controversial subjects.
Disclaimer: The author has been unable to confirm that all individuals in their sample are multiple practice teachers.