I love this article for so many reasons! Though I work mainly with college freshmen and those preparing to teach secondary students, the concepts shared here are useful in all educational settings.
Respect your students. Find the least intrusive way to educate. Play to their strengths. Revel in their differences and idiosyncrasies. Recognize that we ALL like to choose for ourselves. Love what you do enough to invest in it completely.
About 2 years ago I moved from a traditional classroom set up to a flexible classroom. I’ve learned some things along the way and made some adjustments. I noticed that different groups access flexibility differently. I’m going to share with you my growth process for flexible seating. For reference, Year 1 and Year 2 are years that I taught kindergarten. Year 3 is the current school year and I am teaching first grade. Year 1 was the year I began BYOD as well. You can read about that here.
My school purchased hokki stools for each grade level. They were evenly split between the classrooms. If you’re not familiar with these, they have a rounded bottom and when you sit on them you have to use your core to balance. I got 3 hokki stools and spread them around the room for my kinders to sit in…
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