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Take a seat … and collaborate!

Students using new node chairs
Posted On: Friday, September 6, 2019

Students using node chairsThe district’s 88 fifth graders looking for ways to work remotely and collaboratively have a new resource: Node chairs.

More than just a chair on wheels, the Node offers options based upon user needs. It adapts to whether a student is working alone or with others, if the desk arm is needed, or if the student intends to be mobile or stationary. And it isn’t just for young people; the manufacturer Steelcase also markets them to any classroom, including colleges.

The chairs were rolled out this week on the fifth-grade wing at the Elementary School. Eventually, each of the four fifth-grade classrooms will have three. The $5,500 cost for the initial 12 was paid for by the Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association through its annual year-end “wish list” funding program.

“In putting together this proposal, we strongly believe the Node collaboration chairs will promote student learning, collaboration, and creativity,” said Christine Dever, one of the fifth grade teachers who submitted the proposal. (The other fifth-grade teachers are Julie Farkas, Lianne Genzman, and Angela Parker.)

“For example, the chairs are on wheels, so they can swivel to face any point of instruction in the class as well as create a student collaboration station,” Mrs. Dever said. “Since the chairs are also movable, we can have students use them in the hallway as well as in other classrooms,” Mrs. Dever stated. “We are very excited to begin using them. Thank you, OHSPA!”

In addition, the chair’s tripod base allows for a clutter-free workspace by allowing students to store supplies directly underneath for easy access. Every OH student will keep his or her traditional desk. Each teacher will decide how the chairs are distributed during the school day.

Trying out the new chairs this week were Maryam Muhammed Nasser, Ahmad Anjum, and Camille Weaver (pictured above are Ahmad, Maryam, and Camille).

“It’s easier to get into and out of than a regular chair,” said Camille. “And it has arm rests.”

Added Ahmad: “You can move it around to get closer to the board,” he said. “And you can swivel the desk depending upon whether you are right or left handed.”

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