Flexible Seating Tips for the Pandemic

Well, those of us who love Flexible Seating and have found it so beneficial, are in for some big changes this year. I'm positing these flexible seating tips for the pandemic to help you frame what may and may not work as you get reading for back to school. It's going to be a big change...

THINGS THAT MIGHT WORK

These might work with modifications - such as the same student must be the only one on the chair or seat each day, and maybe with cleaning at the end of the day.  Also these seats could be spread out. For example, with the small side table below, that would become a table for only one student this fall. If you are not sure, ask your administration.

By the way, if you want to look into getting some of these options for your room, click  on the image and you can check it out at my Amazon affiliate link. 

STABILITY BALL CHAIRS

Image of Stability Ball Chairs in Classroom

BOUNCY BANDS - of course! 

These stay on the legs of chairs of tables and will hopefully only be touched by feet!

Image of Bouncy Band on Chair

WOBBLE STOOLS

These can be spread out and wiped down with wipes or cleaners easily.

Image of Wobble Stools in Classroom

SCOOP ROCKERS

The plastic scoop rockers can be spaced out and cleaned daily if you need.
Scoop rockers in classroom

LOW TABLES 

Easily cleaned daily! I just took the legs off of this round table.

Low table in classroom

SIDE TABLES

Side tables like this $10 one from IKEA could be great for one student and easily cleaned.
IKEA side table and Stability ball Chairs in Classroom

AIR CUSHIONS

Made of rubber or plastic and air, can be cleaned or wiped down. My students sat on these on the floor or stools.
Low table and inflatable cushions in classroom

OTHER TIPS:

  • Give kids their own clipboards with their names on it
  • Stricter rules with no moving for the day
  • Spreading out seats  (obviously)

POSSIBLE NO NOS

Check with your own school, district, or principal for definitive answers if these are allowed this fall.
  • rugs
  • soft seats like beach chairs and camp chairs
  • cloth cushions
  • pillows

If you want more basics on the Dos and Don'ts of Flexible Seating, check out my blog post with tips here.

Finally, if you're going to be in school part of full time, and you;'d like a Free, Flexible Seating Guidelines Mini Poster, click here or on the image below. if you have a few seconds to give feedback, I'd be very grateful! Let me know what your flexible seating tips for the pandemic are, and how much you are going to change and how!
Cover of flexible seating guidelines freebie


Teacher Humor Round Up - We Need to Laugh!


Smiley face image for Teacher Humor Round Up

Hey teachers! I am bringing a teacher humor round up to you today because I know we need some smiles or laughs!  Teaching can be so tough - I find I actively seek out funny TV shows, movies, and Instagram posts in order to make myself smile at the end of a tough day of teaching. I also create my own teacher memes for my IG  account, Reading and Writing Redhead, so many of these are from that account! 

Teacher Tired

Teacher fatigue and exhaustion is no joke! Here are some memes and images that drive the point home!
Tired teacher taking a nap after a field trip

Teacher on stretcher to go to ambulance after a tough day of teaching


Daily Teacher Problems

Printers that don't work, students that are not focused on the instruction... these can send us over the edge, and lead us into unhealthy habits.

Mad lady with paper because printer is not working

Adult with wide eyes and open mouth looking at a giant toblerone bar 

Shaggy singing "It wasn't me"


Adult man staring into distance with other man looking at him, confused
Many lovely sharp pencils with one very short pencil underneath
Image from KTeacherTiff
IAdult looking into a doorway

Women on phone with coffee saying "everything you are saying is stupid"

Annoyed adult throwing up hands

Weather and Seasonal Problems for Teachers (and anyone)

Jon Snow in winter storm looking upset

Adult with crazy high, frizzy hair

person trapped in their sweater saying "I'm scared"
Adult image with comments about "scrape children off ceiling " (in December) "repeat as necessary"

Mad woman holding needle to neck

baby making upset face about snowstorm

Other Humor for Teachers

Confused  person writing down that someone's job is "dinosaurs"

Adult doing difficult math to trying and determine student rubrics and grades

Snow day ideas vs snow day reality
Image from TeacherTroubles 

Young teacher asking where to find the PD to get kids to stop licking their desks
Image from TeacherConfession

Adult trying math formulas to find a seating arrangement that works for her class

With that Being Said...

Don't forget this...
Image stating Monday is the best day of the week for many students
If you want even more teacher humor, check out my post called Video Meme Extravaganza!  It might give you even more chuckles! Feel free to share a link to your favorite teacher meme or funny post!

Smiley face image for Teacher Humor round up


7 Self Care Tips for Teachers


Picture of shell on beach

Hey all you cool cats and kittens! No? Oh wait, this is not a Tiger King blog! I mean hi, teachers! Sorry, I think I've been stuck at home too long. Going on 10 weeks here! Even though many of us have been home, things are still pretty stressful, so I wanted to share some self-care ideas for teachers!

Physical Activities


Squish Stuff!

Get yourself a stress ball!  Or just pop some bubble wrap.  You probably have some free stress balls somewhere but I love the positive messages on these.
   

Move your Body

Do something physical  that you enjoy -whether it;'s just talking a walk, toga, or an online workout. Build yourself an obstacle course in the yard and run it, then try and beat your time!

Mental Self Care

Take a Break

Make sure you take time off on the weekend! You do not have to check online submissions on Saturday or reply to parent emails. And in my opinion, I really really advise you not to schedule Zoom meetings with colleagues on weekends!

Try something you find fun but haven't done in a while: puzzles, crossword puzzles, and art (paint by numbers are HOT right now!) These are a few of my favorites. For a beginner/medium paint by numbers user, isn't the giraffe cool? And yes that's a puzzle, not a pile of candy to eat. But if that is your self-care, go for it!
                

Self-Talk

Positive self talk. We teach our children and students this, but do we honor ourselves with positive self talk? Even if you have to do one day at a time self-talk, such as "Today will be good" or "I will make through today!"


Games

Play a game - board game, online game, or video game. If you follow me , you know I find the Sims 4 to be great stress relief! Pick your favorite, and if it's something you can do as a family, like Animal Crossing, why not?

Bonus

Not so much self care, but good practice! If you get a stressful email, wait at least an hour (or longer to reply). Give yourself time to process stressors and formulate a calm, professional reply.

Shell on beach