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What are the pros and cons of having a couch in your classroom?

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Pro: perfect for flexible seating Con: can get dirty easily.

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I've had a four seater faux leather futon in my class for years. It's been really helpful. I use it for preferential seating, flex seating, rewards, a comfy place to read for students who need a quiet spot, a great place for difficult parent/teacher conferences, and perfect when I've got a kid who isn't feeling well and needs to just lay down. I really didn't have any cons as it was easy to clean. I never used it as a futon, really, but liked that it could have that option if I ever needed more space for more readers.

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