The Benefits of Flexible Seating

The Benefits of Flexible Seating

Firstly lets define flexible seating

Chairs, sofas, stools, kneeling cushions and more. Flexible seating is a variety of seating options in the learning space which gives children the freedom to choose where they sit and the way in which they feel most comfortable to learn.

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So why would we implement flexible Seating?

Freedom to Choose:

With the freedom to choose where they sit this gives students empowerment and a sense of being in control of their environment and learning. With the ever-changing and fast paced world we live in, full of problems and choices; How do we expect children to grow up independent problem solvers if we are constantly making decisions for them?

Engagement and Collaboration:

Seating options like soft seating gives students a seat that doesn’t need to be limited to a specific size. If the student feels anxious or restless this means they can wiggle about and refocus without being disruptive. Especially helpful for students with ADHD or ADD. A comprehensive study from the University of Minnesota found students in a flexible seating environment participated in collaborative discussions 48% more than in a traditional institutionalised classroom setting.

Calm Environment:

Flexible seating creates a relaxed, calm and positive environment. Try incorporating a range of seating heights; from kneeling cushions to high stools, and shapes; from sofas to ottomans. It is also important to colour coordinate your room. Together this will create a learning space where stress levels reduce. Not to mention it looks funky!