Livingston Parish teachers learning how to transform classroom

Livingston Parish teachers learning how to transform classroom
Frost School teachers took part in a training exercise while sitting in a “low-seating station” during one of the district’s Learning Spaces workshops. (Source: Taylor Media Services)

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The traditional classroom image of desks neatly lined in rows may soon become something of the past in Livingston Parish.

More teachers across the district are creating learning spaces with flexible seating in their classrooms as a way to increase student focus, collaboration and learning.

"We began this initiative in earnest this year at some of our elementary schools, where traditional student desks were replaced with flexible seating options,"  Assistant Superintendent Joe Murphy said.

Murphy said students were given the choice to do their work while standing at tall desks, sitting in small groups on the floor or in low seats. Some of them even had the chance to sit on bouncy balls at round tables.

The assistant superintendent said the results from the change in seating were positive. Students were more comfortable, better engaged and more focused on their tasks.

"As word has spread, more and more of our principals and teachers want this classroom structure utilized on their campuses," Murphy said.  "To help accommodate these transitions, the district has offered workshops for our teachers and provided some furnishings."

Learning Spaces workshops offered during the school year maxed out quickly, prompting the district to schedule more for the summer, school officials said.

Teachers work together to re-design their classrooms, and they explore learning strategies that incorporate the new classroom configurations and technology tools into their lesson plans.

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