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Alternative seating improves student performance

February 11, 2020
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Back in December, West Boulevard third grade teacher Katie Becherer was given a $500 teacher mini-grant to add more alternative seating choices to her classroom. With the funds she purchased five wobble stools, four wobble cushions, five fidget bands, and two bike peddlers.

"We now have enough [alternative seating] for all my students to have movement options," Becherer said.

The new devices were added to the yoga balls and standup desks she already had in place.

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West Boulevard third grader Makayla Hanis works at her desk while sitting on a new swivel stool, an alternative seating choice.

"Studies have shown that kids sit about 85 percent of the day," she said. "They sit on the bus, sit when the eat lunch, sit in class, sit and sit when they play video games."

Becherer said research has shown that the part of the brain that is used for learning, is also the part of the brain that is used for muscle movement. That research makes sense when one observes students fidgeting around on old-fashioned chairs and desks. Deep down inside they want to move and when they are given the opportunity, they feel better and learn better.

West Boulevard's Room 305 (Becherer's room) has become the first class to offer alternative seating to the entire class. Becherer believes the idea will catch on and more Boardman classrooms will be adapting down the road. She said there are already other classrooms incorporating some of the seating.

 
 

 

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