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Troy Craughwell students use alternative seating in classrooms

Troy Craughwell Elementary School teacher Amy Snead and students Robert Douglas, Camden Mialkowski and Kiley Gregory make good use of alternative seating in their classrooms this year.
Troy Craughwell Elementary School teacher Amy Snead and students Robert Douglas, Camden Mialkowski and Kiley Gregory make good use of alternative seating in their classrooms this year.

JOLIET – Three classes of Troy Craughwell Elementary School students have become very adept at using alternative forms of seating lately, after their teachers redesigned their classrooms to offer choices other than traditional desks and chairs.

In classrooms of Beth Duesing’s third- and fourth-grade Project Ace class and Amy Snead and Kristen Mueller’s second grades, one sees yoga balls, wobble stools, floor pillows, mats, cushioned crate seats and standing tables scattered throughout the rooms alongside regular chairs.

Duesing researched the idea for more than a year before she brought several yoga balls into her room, purchased from donated dollars. She later added other unconventional seating.

Mueller also spent several months researching before she decided on making the changes in her classroom, and Snead followed to incorporate the unusual seating options in her class. Mueller and Snead also used donated dollars to fund their projects.

At the end of each school day, Snead and Duesing allow their students to choose which form of seating they will use for the following day. Mueller lets them choose first thing in the morning.

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