Traditional seating is so last decade for many classrooms in all grades throughout many districts. However, new and innovative seating is often up to the district to fund on its own or even up to the teacher to take care of if the district does not have the money and the teacher wants to make changes. For special education students, this seating is about much more than just comfort or something new and exciting in the classroom. Instead, it is about finding ways to engage the mind and the body, to make learning fun and to work with these special needs that can make it difficult to sit in plastic or wooden seats for long periods.
Types of Seating Can Affect Learning
Different types of seating can be used to meet different types of learning styles. Seating today is often designed to be fun and comfortable as well as functional and conducive to learning. Some of it is also designed to help teachers get on the same level as their students. The main change in today’s newer seating is that many seats allow for movement. This is particularly important for special education students who often feel fidgety.
Some of the best seating for special education classrooms includes moving chairs. This could include chairs on rollers or even chairs made of sturdy exercise balls. This seating lets students wiggle, bounce and move as they learn. For classrooms with smaller budgets, wiggle cushions provide cheap options for activity while sitting.
Alternative Seating for Classroom Activities
Other chairs are designed to help get students more comfortable on the floor. These seats are typically highly cushioned and may look like beanbag chairs. Bungee chairs may also be good for students to curl up in while reading.
A great way to think outside the box is to get rid of chairs in some areas altogether. Some students love to stand and move while learning. One creative way to allow them to do this includes adding standing desks or even balance boards in the back of the classroom for students who need to get rid of wiggles. When placed near the back, they should not disrupt other learners as much.