School Planning & Management

JAN 2013

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P R O D U C T S T H AT W O R K VIRCO, INC. {what's new & noteworthy} Virco Furniture for Healthy Movement A S EXPERIENCED TEACHERS know, kids in classrooms rarely sit still for long. More often than not, they're shifting in their seats to get comfortable, turning to follow the lesson plan or unconsciously adjusting their positions in a thousand different ways: and that's in positive, successful classrooms where learning takes place! The fact that students move while seated underlines the need for classroom furniture that supports healthy movement. Instead of forcing kids to sit rigidly at attention, appropriately designed chairs should support their tendency to move. By enabling healthy movement, these chairs help to maintain student engagement, which lays the groundwork for a higher level of achievement. If choosing classroom furniture for healthy movement sounds like a good idea to you, but you're not sure where to begin, here are a few suggestions. For elementary schools, Virco's ZUMA and Sage rockers are especially conducive to healthy movement. An increasing number of elementary schools are using rockers as their standard classroom seating. But rather than high-back wooden rockers, these schools are choosing smaller-scale, steel-frame Virco rockers with a limited range of motion — to minimize in-class disruptions — and comfortably contoured, injection-molded chair shells. Before choosing specific rockers for your school, keep in mind that ZUMA and Sage rockers come in three different frame and chair shell sizes to provide a better fit for a wider range of students of different sizes and body types. For intermediate and high schools, Virco swiveling task chairs with pneumatic seat-height adjustment and injectionmolded chair shells offer excellent healthy movement furniture solutions. A swiveling seat makes it easy for students to 44 visually follow teachers, who move around the classroom, or to turn and work with their neighbors in small groups. And if anyone needs a seat-height change during class — or when different students begin using chairs at the start of class periods — the pneumatic mechanism enables quick adjustments. When it comes to selecting the particular swiveling task chairs that are best for your students, Virco gives you lots of choices from several product lines at various price points with different feature and benefit combinations. Swiveling task chair models with a seat-height range of approximately 15 inches to 20 inches can be comfortably used by most high school students and larger intermediate school pupils. Models with a seat-height range of approximately 14 inches to 17 inches — and a smaller chair shell — are well suited for many intermediate school students and for smaller high school students. If you're looking for student desks or tables to go with task chairs or rockers, adjustability is a valuable asset. Virco desks and tables with a top-height range of 22 inches to 30 inches — or greater — work SCHOOL PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JANUARY 2013 well for most students in high school, intermediate and later elementary classrooms; in early elementary and pre-K environments, a top-height range of 17 inches to 25 inches is typically preferred. To appropriately complement task chairs or rockers, Virco desk and table work surfaces have smooth, rounded edges; several sizes readily accommodate the use of laptops and textbooks together. You may want to consider student desk models with a contoured "bowfront" design, since it lets kids get closer to the work surface without impinging on comfort; or if you're interested in desks for collaborative learning environments where kids can be particularly active, ZUMA ZBOOM models can be arranged in clusters of four to facilitate group work. For more information on ZUMA furniture, visit This website's diverse resources — including an FAQ section for parents and educators, a program evaluation and literature review, key points on sensory integration and testimonials from educators — can help you evaluate furniture items that will best support healthy movement at your school. SPM WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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