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As you probably know, one of the first things any student needs to learn is a safe environment where they feel at home and comfortable. If you don’t feel safe, you aren’t concerned about grammar; your brain is too occupied with determining how to keep you safe. If you’re comfortable, you’re less likely to be distracted, and more likely to be able to receive and understand what you’re being taught. This is true for all people, but doubly so for students with disabilities. With that in mind, I’ve decided to implement a “flexible seating” arrangement in my classroom during the coming school year. Flexible seating allows students to deviate from the traditional tiered, tablet desks that we’re accustomed to in classrooms in order to choose seating which is more comfortable and accessible for their needs. This includes things such as standing desks, rugs, bean bag chairs, and other various seating options. The reality of teaching in a special education classroom is that my students learn best when their environment is suited to their particular, individual needs. Disabilities cannot be standardized. This means that, despite my current “traditional” seating arrangement, some students will choose to lie on the floor, sit on top of their desks, or even walk around the classroom while reading. I'm requesting lounger chairs, foam reading pillows and covers, bungee and folding chairs, and uplight lamps for more flexible seating choices. While this sounds chaotic and disorganized, these students know what is best for their learning needs, and if I asked them to remain still, seated in their desks, most of them would not last the entire class period, leading to more disciplinary issues than we already deal with. Please consider donating toward this project to help these students – without you, this won’t be possible! .

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As you probably know, one of the first things any student needs to learn is a safe environment where they feel at home and comfortable. If you don’t feel safe, you aren’t concerned about grammar; your brain is too occupied with determining how to keep you safe. If you’re comfortable, you’re less likely to be distracted, and more likely to be able to receive and understand what you’re being taught. This is true for all people, but doubly so for students with disabilities. With that in mind, I’ve decided to implement a “flexible seating” arrangement in my classroom during the coming school year. Flexible seating allows students to deviate from the traditional tiered, tablet desks that we’re accustomed to in classrooms in order to choose seating which is more comfortable and accessible for their needs. This includes things such as standing desks, rugs, bean bag chairs, and other various seating options. The reality of teaching in a special education classroom is that my students learn best when their environment is suited to their particular, individual needs. Disabilities cannot be standardized. This means that, despite my current “traditional” seating arrangement, some students will choose to lie on the floor, sit on top of their desks, or even walk around the classroom while reading. I'm requesting lounger chairs, foam reading pillows and covers, bungee and folding chairs, and uplight lamps for more flexible seating choices. While this sounds chaotic and disorganized, these students know what is best for their learning needs, and if I asked them to remain still, seated in their desks, most of them would not last the entire class period, leading to more disciplinary issues than we already deal with. Please consider donating toward this project to help these students – without you, this won’t be possible! .

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