Chelsie Allen’s sixth-grade English classroom has no desks, but that’s not a problem.
When you walk into Allen’s classroom at East Fairmont Middle School, the first thing you may notice are the green, circular-seat chairs lining the tables. These are yoga ball chairs, which were purchased through donations to a project idea Allen had come up with.
The chairs are also equipped with wheels to allow children to roll around in them.
Allen, who’s in her first year of teaching, researched different methods of keeping children focused, especially those children who have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Before the yoga ball chairs, Allen would provide some students with clipboards to allow them to walk around the class while they were working.
Allen said the chairs allow for “more fluid collaborative learning.”
“True collaboration is people working with different groups in different numbers on certain tasks,” Allen said. “We don’t really allow for true collaboration in the classroom for the most part. When teachers do collaborative learning, it’s normally in a set group, whereas with these chairs, students are able to move around the classroom and work with multiple people on different tasks.”
Allen explained collaboration is important, especially when working on subjects like writing. The chairs allow for the students to move to another student, who can help them edit their writing, them move back to another group if they please.
The chairs were bought through DonorsChoose.org. The website allows for teachers to propose projects or other ideas that private individuals may donate to.
The chair project received matching funds and received over $2,000 in the first week…
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