This Teacher Swapped Her Regular Chairs for Flexible Seating—Here’s What Happened

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Jaylyn Fisher looked out on her classroom of 24 standard desks and chairs, which were probably older than she was, and wondered if there was a better way.

Actually, she knew there was. She remembered articles like this one, linking regular physical movement to better academics. And she thought about studies like this one, linking stability balls and flexible seating to improved focus in students. There was no doubt in Jaylyn’s mind that her fifth graders in Kenosha, Wisconsin, could benefit from flexible seating, too.

“Kids need regular movement,” Jaylyn says. “And flexible seating is a great way to give that to them.”

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Jaylyn’s students work on a project together while using flexible seating.

Ready for a change

Since she didn’t have the budget to redo all the seating in her classroom, Jaylyn put together a fundraising request online.

“Help me give my students a variety of seating options that promote collaboration, communication, and comfort!” she wrote. “With regular chairs, students are isolated from one another, and that does not allow for sharing and expressing great ideas! The stools, cushions, and table will allow my students to gather comfortably and be active problem solvers.”

Even though small donations trickled in here and there, it didn’t make much of a dent in her wish list. But then WeAreTeachers saw Jaylyn’s posting and called their friends at Moving Minds to see if they could help.

Moving Minds is a Minnesota company known for providing innovative solutions for building active classrooms, inclusive of active seating, standing desks, and collaborative work spaces. They had a perfect solution for Jaylyn’s classroom—one of their active classroom packs—so they arranged a special delivery.

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This 5th-grade classroom got a whole new look!

A flexible seating makeover 

The WeAreTeachers team arrived on a Friday afternoon when Jaylyn and her students were out of school. They completely switched out the traditional chairs in the classroom for Moving Minds stools, ball chairs, and other flexible seating from the classroom pack. Then they also added some TiltED seats and a SmartStudy Whiteboard Desk . They couldn’t wait to surprise Jaylyn and her students the following Monday. (You can watch the surprise in the video below.)