April 2019 - Flexible Furniture and Student Learning
The district began purchasing flexible furniture three years ago, and this year, our PTA generously gave us funds to purchase additional flexible furniture for classrooms in each of our schools. Flexible furniture provides flexibility and accommodates collaboration and interactive work among students and teachers.

Some of the flexible furniture we have in our classrooms include:
  • Unconventional chairs such as beanbag chairs, scoop chairs, exercise balls, and floor cushions give students many options and allow for individual and group work. Chairs that students can swivel and move help to improve comfort and attention.
  • Standing desks allows students to control their work environment to fit their needs at any given time.
  • Easily-moveable tables allow for a variety of activities and encourage collaborative learning experiences.
  • Tables with whiteboards to write on allows thinking to become more visible.
Offering students multiple places around the room to sit and work, whether at a standing desk or on a beanbag chair, have a significant effect on student participation and productivity. They are more engaged and attentive. Flexible classrooms and furniture are successful because they go hand in hand with a change in our teaching and learning practices. It gives students more control and responsibility and improving academic engagement.

As I visit classrooms and ask students what they like about their classroom furniture, they often say – I am more comfortable, and I can choose where to sit to do my work.