Classroom Management

Why Every Art Room Needs a Chill Out Chair

When I was a first-year art teacher, I noticed a lot of teachers had an area in their classroom where they would send students who were being disruptive or causing a problem. This area was often referred to as a “safe seat.” I didn’t really like that term, but I did see the merits of a separate area in the art room. So, I created my own version of a safe seat that I call the “Chill Out Chair.” If you’ve been toying with the idea of creating an area like this in your classroom or you want to learn about the three different ways I utilize the Chill Out Chair in my room, make sure to chill out in your own chair while watching the video.

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How do your students utilize a separate area like the Chill Out Chair in your classroom?

Spill the beans, what do you call your Chill Out Chair area?


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Jennifer Borel

Jennifer Borel is one of AOEU’s Adjunct Instructors and Academic Advisors and a former AOEU Writer and elementary art educator. She runs her own photography business and is passionate about students exploring the medium.

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