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  Friday, November 10, 2017

Alternative seating in SDFAS KC learning environment

By Isabelle Gilet

A growing number of studies suggest that incorporating movement routinely will likely increase students’ engagement, and support their learning. Alternative seating is a way to work on that goal, and a tool to assist teachers in behavior management and on-task behavior. It provides the movement needed within the classroom to improve a child’s sensory modulation and attention.

Alternative seating

In KC, SDFAS teacher Laurette Reinhard raised a table so the students can stand. She added big blue gym balls to sit on while they work. Finally, she lowered a table around which students can sit, crisscross or on their knees.

Students who are engaged, focus better and for longer periods of time. They will learn more efficiently in all academic areas, including reading and language arts.