A math teacher has found that a multilevel classroom seating design engages students, and there is positive feedback from her class.
Middle school teacher Ashley Speckmann knows the problem all too well of having a limited view when seated in a conventional classroom. “I am a short-statured person and I spent my days in school looking around the people sitting in front of me during class,” she said. “This was something that I could see happening with my students now and I started thinking of ways around that issue. I thought about my collegiate level courses and how nice it was to have tiered seating in the lecture halls.”
Speckmann couldn’t move her class to a college lecture room, so she brought the seating idea to a smaller space. Students in the front sit on soft cushions. Behind them the tables and chairs increase in height, with the students in the back sit on tall chairs.
“So far students seem to be more engaged in discussions. The students have told me that they are finding it easier to pay attention in class,” she said.