Recently, the high school had the opportunity to transform one of our classroom spaces to create a flexible space for our students. The goal of the transformation is to provide much more than just new seating - it is to provide the students with a space that promotes flexibility, mobility, and collaboration to enhance student learning. Here's the initial reaction for Ms. Engquist and her students!
I’ve only had my new flexible learning spaces for a day now, but that one day has been like Christmas morning. The kids love the movement in the room—they can bounce, sway, and swing whiling stay at their desks. By far, their favorite features have been the exercise ball chairs and the swinging bars on the desks. My learning spaces are flexible not only in the about of movement they allow each student at his/her desk, but also in the amount of movement they allow in our room’s set-up. Each hour of kids has a different personality, and they all spread out or clump together differently. These desks have allowed me to let each class reflect that personality in how they choose to arrange them. At the same time, by using larger groupings much more like tables (which I can now do), I have been able to socialize some of my hours that are normally broken off into smaller groupings. In that way, the desks are very unifying. The desks have helped us define spaces in our room without making those spaces too rigid.
Here’s a student reaction:
“Today everyone is super excited over the new desks and chairs. The overall vibe and atmosphere today was much better than usual. I feel like the bouncy chairs let students that need to constantly move do it in a non-distracting way. I know that I always have to be moving or tapping my feet and with these new desks I can do that without causing noise or distraction. I believe being able to move and be somewhat active while we are working creates more productivity.”
While we are only a few days in, each group of students is already adapting the classroom to their needs - it looks different every hour!
This is a resource build by the ESSD40 staff for to aid in transforming teaching and learning.
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