February 3, 2017 08:15 by april
How would you describe your classroom learning environment? Is it more traditional or more flexible? Students tend to thrive in environments that allow them to have a choice in how they learn, which is why flexible classrooms and learning spaces are starting to grow in popularity. Here are two quick ways you can create a more flexible learning environment for your students.
1. Have a variety of flexible seating and fidget-friendly solutions available.
If you’ve looked into traditional chair alternatives before, you’ve probably come across rocking stools or wobble stools as they’re sometimes called. This type of seating allows children to get their wiggles out while sitting down. There are several different flexible seating options and fidget-friendly solutions available for the classroom. We’ve listed a few of our favorites below.
The K’Motion Stool is the newest addition to Kaplan’s flexible seating lineup. Available in four sizes and six colors, you can find the perfect stools to fit your students and classroom. Improved focus, posture, and trunk control are a few other benefits of using the K’Motion Stools. For a limited time, you can take advantage of our special introductory pricing and get any size or color K’Motion Stool for less than $100.
This playful seating option has a modern design and serves as an excellent way for children to channel their physical energy as they sit in the classroom. The Jellyfish Stools are offered in two sizes: Preschool (blue) and Adult (red). Watch the product video below to learn more!
Bouncy Bands are easy to install on the chairs and desks you already have in your classroom. The heavy-duty bands are 100% latex-free and allow high-energy students to fidget quietly without distracting their peers. The bands are attached to chairs and desks with support pipes that keep them secure and off the floor. Check out the Bouncy Bands product page for more information on how Bouncy Bands work and how to install them.
2. Provide plenty of soft surfaces for children to use as they work.
Do your students learn best at their desks? Providing plenty of soft spaces with blankets, pillows, beanbag chairs, mats, etc. gives children the opportunity to spread out around the classroom and find the learning space that works best for them. Some students may find that they read better when they’re lying on the floor or sitting on a pillow, while other students may find sitting on a couch too distracting and prefer to remain seated at their desk.
Creating flexible learning spaces is about giving children the freedom to discover how they learn best. For more information on classroom design and how you can create a more inclusive classroom, be sure to check out the Insights and Inspirations section of our website.