Students in one Indian Lake Elementary 4th grade classroom are eager to sit down or stand up and learn.
Teacher Christi Warnecke recently added several flexible seating options for every student in her classroom, such as wobble stools, balance balls, padded cube seats, a low table with comfortable mats and standing desks.
Warnecke says, “After 20 years in the classroom, I have noticed a drastic increase in students’ inability to sit and focus. Over the years, I have used a couple of different types of seating to help individual students and saw great success with it. I have always commented, ‘wouldn’t it be nice if I could do this for the whole class?’”
Warnecke applied for and recently received two grants to cover the cost of the equipment. Between a $600 grant from Gathering Grounds and a $500 grant from the Logan County Electric Cooperative she was able to purchase all the flexible seating.
Fourth grader Tristan Taylor used a padded stool the first day. He says, “It takes some getting used to. I tried them all and I picked this (the stool). It’s soft.”
Meantime, classmate Lucy Buscher is already liking the options. She says, “Sometimes I like to stand and we always have to sit. I’m excited to try something new.”
Warnecke says research proves that these types of flexible seating options help students focus while improving posture and core strength. Students, of course, may choose to use a traditional chair at any time.
Warnecke says, “That’s a win, win in my eye! Not to mention that the students are excited about coming to school and getting to select their seat for the day. It has been fun watching the kiddos get so excited just walking to my classroom.”
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.