Traditional or Flexible?

I definitely learn better when I’m comfortable. How about you?

Which type of student seating is better—traditional or flexible? The way I see it, there’s nothing wrong with traditional seating. For years students have learned well when sitting in desks and chairs. On the flip side, there are certainly plenty of children who could learn better if they were in more comfortable seating. You want to create a classroom where students can feel and do their best, and yet there are so many “what ifs” to consider in regards to flexible seating.

I have to keep reminding myself that flexible seating means providing a variety of seating options for students rather than only traditional desks, tables, and chairs. If you haven’t made a move toward flexible seating, I suggest starting small. Adding a few pillows, mats, or cushions in the classroom is a great start.

That’s my two cents. I’d love to hear your thoughts in regards to flexible seating in the classroom. Do you have a success story or a suggestion to share?

Eager to hear from you!


PS: If you know of any great deals on flexible seating options be sure to share those too!

4 thoughts on “Traditional or Flexible?

  1. It’s so good to walk in a classroom and feel great… classroom design does matter to how
    children engage, participate and stay involved in their learning. So it does make a lot of sense to offer children multiple options to feel comfortable,safe and relaxed in their learning environment.

  2. I think traditional is great and best for most of the time, but to have the ability to be flexible for certain things is like my rabbit in the hat. It adds intrigue and wonder, spices things up, and catches by surprise when people start getting in a rut or on dull, wintery or rainy days.

  3. I have traditional seating, however, I just applied for a grant to purchase flexible seating. My school does not have the money to replace out traditional seating so hoping to get this grant! I teach kindergarten and the students are definitely having a hard time not wiggling and breaking chairs.

    • I use flexible seating with my kids and the difference it makes is clearly visible. They have the option to use traditional or flexible as long as they are doing their best work. They do that for sure. As for inexpensive ways to get there, try removing the bottom half of the legs on desks and tables and instant floor seating! Or use bed lifts to raise desks to standing height. Pillows and old chairs are inexpensive at thrift stores and once you get started, you’ll be amazed at the change in the kid’s ability to focus.

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