Flexible class improves learning
IMAGINE going to school and being able to sit in a beanbag or lie on a pillow on the floor to read a book.
Teachers at Sunshine Beach State School have seen the benefits of providing a flexible seating routine in their classrooms.
Regular movement is also used as a tool to use up excess energy, improve metabolism and increase oxygen flow to the brain.
Year 3 teacher Vanessa Flint is now beginning her second year operating her classroom with this mindset.
"I always considered myself a very traditional teacher and one day I came to realise that there are constant changes in curriculum and pedagogy, yet classroom layout and environment had seemed to stagnate,” Ms Flint said.
"I started to read about using a flexible seating approach and I was excited to give it a try. Having a supportive principal certainly helped and seeing the improvement in student engagement and independence has made it worthwhile.”