Brandi Sickler is one of my favorite people. I could have interviewed her about anything! She is a kindergarten teacher at Tulakes Elementary in Putnam City Schools. Brandi has taught in early childhood classrooms for 11 years, has her masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and runs a blog called Teach.Empower.Kinder. You can find her on Twitter @brandi_sickler and on Facebook.
For this interview we focused on Brandi’s passion for Flexible Seating (linked is her blog post that includes pictures of her classroom). Flexible Seating has recently taken off in classrooms from PK to twelfth grade. I love the idea of having a relaxing and open classroom. In this episode, Brandi talks me through how she finally took the plunge and gives her practical advice to teachers considering a change in their classroom set-up.
Below are the questions I prepared to ask Brandi (there were some follow up questions in the podcast that are not included below):
- Tell us about your teaching history/ educational experience.
- What gave you the idea to start flexible seating in your classroom?
- How did you get started?
- What types of flexible seating do you provide in your classroom?
- What materials and supplies do you provide to your students that support flexible seating?
- How have your parents responded to flexible seating in your classroom? Students?
- Have you noticed changes in student engagement? Achievement?
- What advice would you give other teachers interested in making the change to flexible seating?