Flexible Seating for a Student-Centered Classroom

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  • My Class Needs Alternate seating will help students to find a space that works best for them.

    Launched August 7th, 2016 Project Deadline October 31st, 2016
    Classroom Size 21 Students School Size 400 Students

    My Students

    I teach fourth grade students. I usually have between 20 to 29 students each year. In my 20 years or so of teaching, I've seen it all. This is what I know for sure: Students have the need to move, to choose and to be included. Flexible seating is the perfect way to help students choose their perfect learning environment. Even as adults, we don't like sitting on a hard chair for periods of 6 to 8 hours. By including different options, students could move around and be comfortable while working.

    How will this project impact them?

    I've noticed that students work better when they choose their work area. In my classroom, there are not a lot of seating options, Students can sit at their desk or on the floor. My dream is to offer a variety of options and they can choose where they want to work. This is called flexible seating and would help all my students for years to come. Flexible seating encourages collaboration and communication. The British Journal of Sports Medicine recommends that "people find ways to stand for extra hours every day, breaking up prolonged periods of sitting with the use of standing desks". Standing desks would be part of the learning environment in my classroom. Research also confirms that "moving, stretching, and walking can enhance the learning process". The STEM initiative inspires students to inquire, think, investigate and innovate in teams. So flexible seating is perfect for learning.

    Project Report

    from Ms. Dupuis

    1) The new resources are being used every day. Students can choose a comfortable spot that allows them to concentrate and work. They can sit at different spots during the day. The wobble chairs and bean bags are very popular and students love to sit on them.

    2) Students that have power are much more engaged. This is what I'm seeing in my classroom. Because they have a chance to DECIDE where they can sit and have comfortable options (not only the floor) they are really engaged in their task. Sometimes, they work in teams and other times it's individual work. In both cases, my kids love to choose their seat.

    3) Here are a few student comments:
    "I love that there are so many different options."
    "It's more comfortable that sitting on a chair all day long."
    "Some seats allow me to move (wiggle) and that helps me learn."

  • Where the $568.45 goes

    1

    Sivan Health and Fitness YOBL52-B Yoga Stability Ball and Pump, Blue, 52cm

    Amazon Canada

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    $15.99 x 2 = $31.98
    2

    Trademark Innovations Fitness and Balance Disc Seat (Red)

    Amazon Canada

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    $15.99 x 3 = $47.97
    3

    Gaiam LAP-KT-58273F Restore By Gaiam Strong Core and Back

    Amazon Canada

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    $16.99 x 2 = $33.98
    4

    ComfyKids Kids Bean Bag-Thrill Purple

    Walmart

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    $69.00 x 2 = $138.00
    5

    Wobble Chair - Blue - 12"

    Wintergreen

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    $76.95 x 2 = $153.90
    6

    Trademark Innovations Fitness and Balance Disc Seat (Red)

    Amazon Canada

    View Item Online
    $15.99 x 1 = $15.99
    Shipping & Handling $0.00
    Provincial and Federal Taxes $58.72
    Fulfillment Materials * $45.00
    3rd Party Payment Processing Fee ** $8.33
    Project cost excluding donation to support myclassneeds.ca $556.10
    Optional donation to support myclassneeds.ca *** $12.35
    Project cost including donation to support myclassneeds.ca $568.45
    5 donors -$577.36
    Still needed $0.00

    * Fulfillment Materials: This covers the physical costs of processing teacher and student thank-you letters and pictures, including printing, postage, labels, envelopes, cover sheets, etc.

    ** Payment Processing Fee: An average of fees charged to MyClassNeeds for processing donations (e.g. credit card payments through a secure server). We have worked hard to select the most secure option for the cost.

    *** Optional Donation: An optional donation to support MyClassNeeds which is calculated at 15% of the project’s price tag. The optional contribution supports the work we do to engage teachers, build awareness, and to generally run MyClassNeeds. To do that we need a world- class website supported by strong business systems and processes that improve over time.


    Disclaimer: MyClassNeeds (MCN ) is the charitable affiliate of Curriculum Services Canada (CSC). MCN and CSC do not endorse or promote any particular supplier, product, or service requested by the teachers through our online crowdfunding platform. MCN assesses every project to ensure that the requested resources represent the most economical and impactful approach to enriching students’ learning experience.

    MCN will contact the school administrator associated with the specific project and ensure that the administrator has given approval to the project to go ahead and that the resources requested meet the fundraising guidelines within their province, board or district and school.

    MCN will seek competitive prices from various suppliers to ensure the best possible price for the materials and services. Where available, MCN may (at our discretion) suggest lower-cost alternatives that may accomplish the same project goals. Our suggestion of an alternate option is not an endorsement by either MCN or CSC of the supplier, product or service and the final decision on the choice of resource is made by the teacher(s) themselves.

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by Ms. Dupuis

I have been teaching for the past 17 years in a French school. I have experience in Kindergarten, grade 1, grade 4 and grade 6. I have also been a literacy teacher for a few years and vice principal. These experiences have helped me grow and I've learned a lot about myself as a teacher....

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