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Flexibility in the Classroom Earns an A+
- May 31, 2017
- Posted by: yorktown
- Category: Innovation in the Classroom
Have you ever wondered why sitting at a desk in the classroom is still considered the accepted norm? Who said that sitting rigidly upright at your desk is even the best posture for learning? No wonder kids wiggle so much. It’s very uncomfortable, especially when they’re expected to sit still, listen, focus and learn. Wouldn’t it be much better to identify the location of the classroom where they work best? Why not let the student choose where they want to sit?
Is sitting at the front of the class an indication that you’re smarter and maybe even the teacher’s pet? Is it true or a myth that kids who sit at the back of the class are the troublemakers?
All of these are good questions when it comes to deciding the value of flexible seating in the classroom.
Flexible seating in the classroom has proven to be a success in many private schools. Also rearranging the classroom seating to fit a particular project or lesson adds a stimulus to learning. A large project that includes the entire class might benefit from an ‘in-the-round’ set up. Or smaller units of 3-4 students can sit together on the floor. And sometimes standing is a good option. Some people think better on their feet.
Flexible scheduling – At Yorktown we provide the flexibility and time for students to make the most of their potential and their pursuits
Of course we have a core curriculum schedule, but we also provide flexible options – individual working practicums, dual enrollment college programs and third party partnerships for our students to develop in areas that they are interested in. The flexibility of this special coursework puts Yorktown students ahead in the race for college admissions.
Flexible concepts – Flexibility extends to teaching and learning concepts, too. Innovative concepts liked the flipped classroom where students do the teaching and take the lead or using technology to research a lesson or project, then make a presentation are just two ideas that give flexibility to the classroom.
Students at Yorktown Education enjoy flexibility in many areas of their learning environment. They especially enjoy the flexibility of making their own decisions about what subjects and topics interest them the most. But perhaps the most important difference students find in their educational environment at Yorktown is the flexibility to “do what they love.”