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Student seating is positively shifting learning in the Pee Dee

One Pee Dee school is offering alternative seating for students. (Source: WMBF News) One Pee Dee school is offering alternative seating for students. (Source: WMBF News)

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - One school in the Pee Dee said a simple change is making a world of difference when it comes to educating students.

To keep students at Brunson-Dargan Elementary School sitting still, officials are using alternative seating methods, such as yoga balls, beach chairs and chairs that wiggle.

Educators said the alternative seating is leading to less behavioral problems and more learning in the classroom.

“We allow them to sit where they are comfortable as long as they are still engaged in their work," said Brunson-Dargan Principal Ada Sindab. "We did an experiment in Mrs. Kinsey Johnson’s room and now it's school-wide. As a result, we see an increase in student achievement, student engagement and work. We see a decrease in discipline referrals.” 

Kinsey Johnson, a third-grade teacher at Brunson-Dargan, said students get bored when they have to sit in a chair all day long. 

“Even if I sit I would fall asleep," Johnson said. "They are able to move and it’s supposed to stimulate their brains so that they are constantly in motion so that they are not just bored. They are able to move and listen to me at the same time.” 

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