Using City of Fairfax Schools Innovation Grant to Transform Classroom
Students in Michelle Kamiyama’s 6th grade class were in for a surprise when they entered on the first day of school. The traditional chair and desks were gone. The students, many of whom were in her class in the 5th grade and “looped” with her this year, noticed a wide variety of flexible seating options.
“Their faces on the first day of school were priceless when they saw our classroom transformation,” said Ms. Kamiyama.
Kamiyama used funds from the DRES Innovation Grants from the City of Fairfax to partially support her flexible seating project. Over the summer, she raised the rest of the money and transformed her classroom.
Many classrooms around the country are shifting to flexible seating. The seating options allow students to move seats easily and choose the most comfortable seats for them. With the emphasis on collaboration and critical thinking, many lessons are adapting to have the students work in groups to solving problems. There is also benefits to allow students the ability to easily stand and move around to increase blood flow and expense energy if needed.
“The students love the different seating option and the ability to move seats as needed to help them be most successful,” said Ms. Kamiyama said. “The students are changing their seats daily and sitting with new classmates each day. It has been great to see the students build stronger relationships and collaborating with different groups.”