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Flexible seating gets grant for One Class at a Time

Mrs. Kim Gill's 5th grade class at Thomas S. Baldwin Elementary in Quincy.

Books, computers, and even toys all help kids learn.

There's another way researchers say kids learn, and the science is starting to get behind it.

Welcome to Mrs. Gill's 5th grade classroom at Thomas S. Baldwin Elementary in Quincy. They are learning all about explorers in social studies. But Mrs. Gill is also exploring something on her own...flexible seating.

"You can sit on a ball, you can sit on a square, you can sit in a rocker, and with the laptops that we have, you can have a laptop desk, and you can move around the classroom," says Mrs. Gill.

Some of her students already use flexible seating. Sevilen Koppleman is one of them. He doesn't sit in a school chair like his classmates. One day, while working on a computer, he sat in a chair that spins. He thought it was more comfortable, so he asked Mrs. Gill if he could use it all of the time, and she said yes. And since then, they've both seen change.

"Oh. It makes a huge difference. I know when I'm in an in-service, I need to stand up and walk around. It gets my brain thinking. Flexible seating does that for kids," says Gill.
"We do a thing called Prodigy. I started to do better in it. It's a math learning game. I started doing better in math," says Koppleman.

Sitting right next to Sevilen, is Cora Cearlock. She sits in a hard school chair, but says she doesn't mind it. Although, she would like to try some flexible seating.

"In my past classes, I have had no flexible seating. It's always just hard seats. Last year I had a little bit of flexible seating. This year, I'll have more choices, so I'm excited by the flexible seating," says Cearlock.

In a few months, she will have more options, as she is the October recipient of the One Class at a Time grant.

Thanks to our sponsors, Continental Cement, Green America Recycling, and Doors N More, there should be new, flexible seating options in Mrs. Gill's class soon.

If you know of a teacher who could use a $1000 in their classroom, have them fill out a One Class at a Time application here.

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