WOODLAND, Wash. (KOIN) — How do children learn best? At a desk and at rest? On the floor, on a mat? On a ball sitting tall? Or on a stool that’s cool.
For 3rd-graders in the Woodland district, it’s entirely up to them.
“I think it’s working very well for tons of kids,” said 9-year-old Bryce.
Teacher Jennifer Crosby presented the idea to the school district last year. Her feeling is young bodies need to be in motion.
“In my classroom every morning, my children get to select where they want to sit based on how they are feeling that day and what their needs are,” Crosby told KOIN 6 News.
Because their classrooms were expanding, there was some funding to furnish the classroom with different types of seats to let kids get the wiggles out.
“My favorite,” saiud 8-year-old Divinity, “is the bouncy balls because you get to bounce and work and have fun.”
Crosby said each student grabs a marker and places it on the seat they want each morning.
“When they first walked in the door the first day of school, their eyes were huge,” she said. “They get a greater ownership in learning.”
Bryce and Divinity said the students love their freedom of choice.
“If they have, like, if they are addicted to not staying still they can choose like a ball or rockers, which is my favorite,” Bryce said.
“I think it is very fun because, like, other kids get to, like, sit where they want,” said Divinity.
Crosby said she has final say in the seating assignments if they aren’t working out for the day.
The schools would like to implement more flexible seating classrooms but are looking for donations to help furnish them. Anyone interested can contact Jennifer Crosby at the Woodland Intermediate School District.
“Every moment I can give them to be a leader and show they know what to do and they are reliable and accountable for their actions helps them grow as a student,” Crosby said.