Flexible Seating

Flexible Seating is part of a growing trend in classroom design.  Whether you’re a teacher trying to figure out what in the world the colleague down the hall has done with the desks or you’re the one trying to get rid of them, you’re in the right place.

While the articles are listed in an order designed to help you take steps towards implementing flexible seating in your classroom, there’s no right or wrong order to read them.  Choose the title that speaks to you and go from there.

    1.  What Do My Students Think of Flexible Seating?  Start here!  Whether you’re a parent of a child in a flexible seating classroom or a teacher thinking about making the leap, reading the words of  my fourth grade students will you understand the why.  Please take time to Google the research behind flexible seating, but remember my kiddos are 9- and 10-year-olds who don’t know about the research.   They just intrinsically know what helps them.  Read more.
    2. Take Inventory Before Embracing Flexible Seating  Do you have clipboards, white boards, pillows, lap desks?  How about a space with a rug for your students to stretch out while they are working?  Read more.
    3. Offering Comfy Seating During Read-to-Self?  You Might Be Embracing Flexible Seating! Maybe you already have Flexible Seating choices in your room for read-to-self time during your Literacy block. What if you offered these choices during other parts of your instructional day?  Read more.
    4. Going Deskless?  Where Will I Put All of the Stuff?  Traditional desks hold a lot of stuff.  Whether you’re teaching first grade or fourth, you know you can write a book about all of the amazing things that have been found in your students’ desks.  I know…I’ve been there!  I share how I overcame this huge hurdle.  Read more and get the link to download the basket labels.
    5. How to Introduce Flexible Seating to Your Students I walk you through how I introduced my fourth graders to flexible seating at the beginning of the school year.  I only taught Science and Math, so I explain how to implement routines and expectations with two different classes.  Are you teaching more than 50 students?  You can build on these ideas and adapt them for your current schedule.  Read more.
    6.  Flexible Seating: The Good, the Bad, the Messy.  Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, there is no one quick fix or one size fits all.  Flexible seating won’t magically solve all classroom challenges.  In fact, if not implemented correctly, it can potentially create additional ones.  Read more.
    7. My Favorite Flexible Seating Resources  Read more.
    8. Free Choice Seating versus Flexible Seating:  What’s the Difference?  These two terms are often used interchangeably, but there is a difference.  Read more and download the infographic.
    9. Starbucks My Professional Development: Flexible Seating Please!  Flexible seating is great for students, but it’s also great for the adults in the building!  Read more.
    10. Intentional Classroom Design:  Purposeful vs Pretty  Flexible seating is just one small piece of Classroom Design.  This post outlines some big changes I made to the overall design of our third grade classroom after new learning from Erin Klein.  Read more.
This page is a Flexible Seating Resource that includes a reflection on the good, the bad, and the messy of going deskless.