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  • Gompers Elementary School
  • Madison, WI
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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Research is showing that the traditional model of school with desks in rows and a teacher talking at students for long periods of time isn't very effective. Haven't we all sat in meetings in uncomfortable chairs getting talked at rather than talked to? Wouldn't we rather be off, focused on the work we know we'd like to get to? Students are same way! Providing my students with a comfortable and positive environment will help them maintain a positive attachment to their learning. My project asks for two convertible futons that will be used for all different reading tasks. The couches will comfortably fit 3 of my students. I'm also asking for 2 floor lamps and a "medusa" lamp to help provide light for student reading. Standard fluorescent lighting is fine for some students, but studies show that some students are able to work and focus better with less institutional lighting. Individualized learning where students take a large roll in how they want to experience their educational pathway is the key to student engagement. Choice is very important to students and it absolutely applies to finding a place in our room to engage in learning tasks.

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Research is showing that the traditional model of school with desks in rows and a teacher talking at students for long periods of time isn't very effective. Haven't we all sat in meetings in uncomfortable chairs getting talked at rather than talked to? Wouldn't we rather be off, focused on the work we know we'd like to get to? Students are same way! Providing my students with a comfortable and positive environment will help them maintain a positive attachment to their learning. My project asks for two convertible futons that will be used for all different reading tasks. The couches will comfortably fit 3 of my students. I'm also asking for 2 floor lamps and a "medusa" lamp to help provide light for student reading. Standard fluorescent lighting is fine for some students, but studies show that some students are able to work and focus better with less institutional lighting. Individualized learning where students take a large roll in how they want to experience their educational pathway is the key to student engagement. Choice is very important to students and it absolutely applies to finding a place in our room to engage in learning tasks.

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