Flexible Seating Impact on Classroom Environment



As schools strive to instill college and career readiness within students, the academic success of students continues to be a priority of educators and administrators alike. The classroom learning environment utilized by students was examined throughout this study.  Specifically, this study examined how the spaces within the classroom are utilized by students and how classroom spaces impact interactions between students and teachers.  This qualitative study employed classroom maps and recording logs to gather data from students in second and fifth grade classrooms. With the data collected, the relationship between classroom environment and student engagement was examined. From the research, many common trends emerged. Common themes included that students prefer a specific seating choice in the classroom, flexible seating options were selected more than traditional seating options, and some students needed teacher directed instruction on modifications needed with seating choice or reminders how to sit in a specific choice. With these findings, it promoted a more collaborative work environment in the classroom.