Riverview Room 318 features flexible seating.
Posted September 17, 2018
Room 318 at Riverview Middle School doesn’t look like a typical classroom. The desks are not arranged in neat rows. Nor are they clustered into smaller pods of four or five. Actually, there are no desks at all.
“I believe this will help our students flourish,” said sixth-grade teacher Pam Holzhaeuser, whose classroom now features flexible seating.
Instead of traditional desks, there are many different types of seating:
Mrs. Holzhaeuser received $4,497 to purchase “Flexible Seating for the 21st Century Learner,” the largest grant awarded by the Plymouth Education Foundation in 2018.
Flexible seating has many benefits, Mrs. Holzhaeuser said. “Kids turn to each other for help more and the teacher less,” she said. “It teaches kids to search out answers talking to peers and looking things up independently, too.”
Additional benefits, confirmed by a Mayo Clinic study, is that a “classroom without desks” keeps students moving and also makes teacher-student interaction easy. “Kids crave movement,” Mrs. Holzhaeuser said. “What’s more, they need movement for proper development.”
Mrs. Holzhaeuser’s classroom last year had traditional desks arranged in pods.