Courtesy of Family (Samantha); Courtesy of Family (Joseph); Illustration by RJ Matson (classroom)

Should You Pick Your Seat in Class?

In many classrooms, kids can sit anywhere they want—on things like couches or yoga mats. Some people say this “flexible seating” makes learning more enjoyable. Others argue that it distracts kids from lessons.

Here’s what two of our readers think.

My teacher lets us choose our seats for some classes. We have different types, like standing desks and beanbag chairs. I like being able to try different seats. If I need to concentrate, I choose a quiet area. If I want to share ideas, I choose a social section.

Samantha Tracy, Massachusetts

We have assigned seating. Instead of wasting time picking a seat, we go straight to our desks and get to work. That makes it easier for my teacher to monitor us. If kids pick their seats, they just sit with friends. With assigned seats, no one gets left out.

Joseph Mancini, Maine

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