The Seating Situation! Traditional? Alternative? Hybrid! Oh my!

Traditional Seating, Alternative Seating, Flexible Seating,

Hello all!  By now, we are back into the swing of things as far as school goes!  We started back at the end of August.
So, today I wanted to talk about seating.  I have seen TONS of blog posts, instagram pics, and Facebook Posts about alternative seating in the classroom!  It is all a buzz in the teaching world!
I have wanted to try Alternative seating in my classroom for years!  The problem? 1.  Storage.  There was no place in our schoolhouse to store all of the desks that I didn't want.  2. We have recently gone 1:1 with Chromebooks and I needed the kiddos to have a place where they could put/use their Chromebooks without fear of damage.  3. Some kiddos REALLY like having their own desk space. 4. Where in the world would we put all of our stuff?
So, what's a girl to do?
I decided that the only thing to do was...
BOTH!
Flexible Seating, Alternative Seating, Traditional Seating


I think that it is the best of both worlds!
So, in my classroom each child has his/her own desk.  They also have a seat sack on their chair and their book boxes.
All of their "stuff" goes in their seat sack...notebooks, pencils, crayons, etc.
All of their reading stuff goes in their book boxes: books, reading notebook, clipboard...etc.
All of their computer related stuff: Chromebook, mouse, headphones...goes in their desk.
This is their "homebase". This is where we go to indicate that we are ready to go!
For several activities we start at our desks, and then they have the option to move to an "alternative" seating options!  Of course, there are times when we need to be at our desk, but for most activities they can chose where they would like to work.
I am lucky enough to have several different options in my room!
I have my couch (which the kiddos LOVE), my rocking chair, several stools, plenty of the fun scoop rockers, and a few disk sleds, which the kiddos love.  Not to mention the floor itself! Every child in my classroom has a clipboard that they can use as a working surface, so they can work anywhere in the room!
Of course the kiddos are always welcome to work at their desks as well.
Traditional Seating, Alternative seating, flexible seating!

Who doesn't like to get under their desk to read, write, or do math?

I love the flexibility of doing it this way!  It does take some practice and rules, but the kiddos love the flexibility of choosing their own seats, whether it is their traditional desk or an alternative seat.

How do you do seating in your classroom?  I would love to hear about it!


2 comments

  1. I've done it in a blended way like this for most of the last 15 years or so, of my career. It serves me well. Children still like personal space, but do not feel locked into that space when they have choices. As a teacher I like having the safety of having a designated spot for each student. It is very easy to see if anyone is missing that way-- because they don't always all come back after lunch or recess!!

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    1. I agree completely! I really think that it is the best of both worlds! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment! :)

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