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Community: Houston
School Name: Twain Sullivan Elementary
School District: SD054
Health Authority: Northern Health Authority
School Level: Elementary
Category: Positive Mental Health
Inquiry: Yes
CSH Approach: No
Receieved HSN Grant: No
Date Submitted: 18/09/2018
Supporting Documents:
Haley Barton
Community Organization / Association

How Flexible Seating Created a Positive, Communal Learning Environment

I noticed at the beginning of the year that I had many students who would get up and leave the classroom while I was teaching or consistently ask for water and bathroom breaks. I also felt that I was constantly asking my students to pay attention and stop talking. It became clear to me that my students needed choices or opportunity for movement, which led me to my inquiry.

My inquiry question was:

How might implementing flexible seating enable students to self-regulate and do their best learning?

My aim was to teach my students about personal identity and self-regulation through flexible seating.

The opportunity to explore this inquiry was by far one of the highlights of my teaching career. The growth that occurred not only within my students, by also my own practice, was tremendous. My frequently deregulated and fidgety students were now happily and willingly working in the classroom with their peers.

Please see attached document to find to out more.