Step into a classroom at Jardine Elementary and you’ll likely see students sitting on the floor, some laying under tables and others spinning on an ottoman. It’s part of the flexible seating approach.
Teachers say flexible seating gives students more choice and makes them more invested in their education.
While it might seem disorderly at first glance, fourth-grade teacher Ashley Wagers said it has improved the classroom environment.
“There are a lot of kids that have a lot of trouble sitting still for a long period of time so it kind of gives them that little bit of movement,” said Wagers.
Flexible seating does away with assigned desks. Students can decide where they want to sit based on their needs.
Wagers said the choice makes students more engaged in their education.
“I think it’s just really important that students have some choice and control over their learning,” said Wagers. “Giving them this little option of their seat really does make a difference in them being invested and wanting to do everything else that we tell them to do.”
The newly-built Jardine Elementary is outfitted with various classroom furniture, both in the classroom and common areas, that supports the flexible seating model.