An elementary school teacher is using flexible seating in fifth grade, and students can better direct their personalized learning.
There are no traditional desks lined up in rows in Vanessa Singley’s classroom at Scott Elementary in Thomasville, Georgia. Instead, the first year fifth grade math teacher has equipped her room with taller chairs, standing desks, desks with whiteboards as tabletops, and other seating arrangements. The classroom uses “flexible seating” which allows students to sit where they choose and move with comfort and ease.
She teaches three classes a day in her flexible seating classroom. The final class of the day needs to take care of the room.
“They do such a great job caring for everything,” she said. “It’s our little home, it really is.”
Singley likes students to be comfortable and move around but still retain focus. She will even allow them to lay on the carpet on one condition.
“If they’re laying on the carpet, they’re working,” Singley said.