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Classroom Design Inspiration


READ: ISTE Magazine Feature - Ditching the Desks

READ: EdTech Magazine Article (digital version): K-12 Schools Embrace Anytime, Anywhere Learning

READ: UND Alumni Association Feature Profile - Rethinking Education

READ: ISTE Interview - 6 Ways to a More Engaging Classroom

LISTEN: The Wired Educator Podcast - Flexible Seating, An Interview with Kayla Delzer

WATCH: Kids Deserve It! Interview - Episode 10 with Kayla Delzer

WATCH: Teach Cow Network Interview - Reimagined Schools 

WATCH: Teachers Talk Too Interview - Episode 16 Flexible Seating with Kayla Delzer 

WATCH: The Dr. Will Show Interview - The Starbucks Classroom with Kayla Delzer


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  1. Hi, I'm planning on doing the same dog theme by School Girl Style for my Kindergarten class next year :) Do you only use the milkcrates as seats for the children? I love the idea of that, but do they ever get tired of not having a back to the seat?

    1. Hi! They love their seats, but truthfully they don't spend very much time in them. I am a huge believer in allowing students to learn where they learn best. Some children choose to sit at tables, but I'm finding most prefer to lay on the floor using a work rug and clipboard. I always relate the seats to stability balls that also don't have back rests. I have yet to have a student complain. :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Hi Kayla! Love your classroom! This was my first year using flexible seating and I found the kids tended to the ball chairs. I have bucket chairs with pillows (kind of like your crates), floor pillows, scoop chairs, stool, and "teacher chair". However, the most popular all year were the ball chairs. I'm wondering if I sent you some pics of my room, would you be willing to give me some advice?
    Also, I ended up having to assign a placement for some kids because of the choices they would make (sitting next to a friend and non-stop talking), how do you combat that? I'm sure it's just procedure and expectation, but have you had to do anything like assign a seat (but they can choose what they sit on)? Thank you! Love the blog!


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