Flexible Seating

Click on this link to learn more about flexible seating.  

This link has some great information about flexible seating.  I don't do everything in there, but flexible seating has been amazing in my class.

I love it because: 

It allows children to choose where they work best.
It gives them a small sense of control.
It makes them problem solve.  They know if I get involved in the seating choice, that the seat they are fighting over is out of play for the day.  They have to work it out.  
They learn that they may work best at one spot for one activity, but another activity their choice of chair doesn't work. 
They have to take responsibility for their choices.  The excuse that someone was distracting them doesn't work in here.  They have the choice to move and sit where they want.  
Not everyone loves to ask for help.  Because they are able to sit where they want, they can sit at my table.  It is a popular place to be, so they can get help without necessarily asking for it.  
It frees up a lot of room.  First graders need to move!  We have the room to do that. 

My rules: 
It's first come first serve, but if you run to the chair to keep someone out of it you lose it.
If you are fighting over a seat then play rock, paper, scissors.  If I have to get involved everyone loses that seat for the day.  
If you aren't working, I will move you. 
If you aren't making responsible and safe choices, you will have to sit at one of the desks.