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Trying flexible seating options in my classroom next year but have my concerns about how to establish norms. Anyone who has flexible seating in your classroom, what is your flexible seating routine?

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Build a procedure around each type of seating! Do this the very first thing. If the kids know your expectation there won’t be question to how they should behave with them. If there is a procedure, and then the procedure is broken, there is a procedure for earning it back. I use a sign in/sign out system for each of my supplies. Seating must be chosen in a transition time, and must be kept for the entirety of the lesson. If it becomes an issue during the lesson it must go back until the end of the lesson and then you may try again next activity. Kids that need flexible seating with continue to use it after the honeymoon period is over, while kids who do not need it will most likely phase out asking for it.

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We have excessive balls to sit on. They know the rules and expectation that where taught from the start. “Tool not a toy” if it becomes a toy they switch for a regular chair.

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I have a computer lab. I make everyone come in and sit at tables with regular chairs for instructions. Once I am finished and they are starting to work, they are allowed to ask to use one of my options. I have a huge bean bag and two smaller ones. Most of the kids just like to sit on the floor. They know that their chromebook must be on a flat surface and horseplay and being off task will get them sent back to their assigned seat or a “time-out table” in the corner of my room.

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