NOLANVILLE — The Cavazos Elementary School kindergarten teacher rolls the oversized dice across the long tabletop and the young children identify the number of dots facing up.
Melissa Wells can lean across the pair of attached tables to make a note on a paper and keep an eye on the rest of the class spread over several learning stations.
At one table — actually composed of multiple pieces fit together — four students work on journaling.
One of them has chosen a seat similar to a spool-shaped stool that wobbles on a swivel.
Another student chooses an L-shaped chair where he can sit on the bottom part and use the top as a table.
Wells’ kindergarten class at Cavazos is one of four classes across Killeen ISD piloting the educational furniture designed for collaboration and freedom of movement while learning.
A similar scene plays out at Meadows Elementary School in Aaryn Goos’ first-grade class.
As part of the furniture collection, teachers received raising tables that adjust and function as standing desks.
In Goos’ class, students rotated to tables configured in four clusters in varied configurations.
The kindergarten and first-grade classes also used chairs with extra short legs.
Wells said some of her students worked better if they could touch the floor and sit just off her colorful, patterned rug.
Both teachers said their young students liked the rocking, spinning stools for staying in motion. They also praised the L-shaped chairs that allow students to sit higher than regular chairs.
“They like it,” Goos said. “It helps them focus better. They can sit low on the floor or work alone or in groups.”
Unlike individual desks or regular tables, the new furniture, manufactured at Artco-Bell in Temple, is easily adjustable and moveable.
“This is easy to move around and take apart,” Goos said. “It’s more comfortable. I can do what’s best for their learning.”