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  • Hutchison Elementary School
  • Herndon, VA
  • More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Flexible seating allows students to take charge of their learning and make the choices that work best for them. During independent and collaborative work times they choose a location in the classroom that works best for them. Currently my students are choosing to work in a variety of locations in our room such as: at different tables, sitting under tables with clip boards, or sitting or laying on the floor/carpet to read or problem solve. Making sure students are comfortable is a key component in motivating them. I have noticed tremendous differences in my students when they are given a choice in where to work. They almost always make good choices about where they sit, are more engaged, and get more work completed than when they are just sitting at their traditional desk. My students are noticeably more engaged in their work and less disruptive of their peers when they are given a choice of where to work. The products that I have chosen will help my students by giving them additional seating options to make more effective learning choices. The wobble stools are sturdy and will allow students to sit at desk or tables but will still allow some movement. These will be extremely beneficial for some students that just need to get the wiggles out! The boomerang desks will allow for additional collaborative seating options. They are lightweight and can be moved easily, making them usable in many areas of the classroom. While I know my project choices exceed the recommended amount to be funded, this is my first time requesting outside help. I usually try to fund out of pocket. I have seen how choice positively affects my students' work and attitude, and am grateful for this opportunity to further my students' growth!

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Flexible seating allows students to take charge of their learning and make the choices that work best for them. During independent and collaborative work times they choose a location in the classroom that works best for them. Currently my students are choosing to work in a variety of locations in our room such as: at different tables, sitting under tables with clip boards, or sitting or laying on the floor/carpet to read or problem solve. Making sure students are comfortable is a key component in motivating them. I have noticed tremendous differences in my students when they are given a choice in where to work. They almost always make good choices about where they sit, are more engaged, and get more work completed than when they are just sitting at their traditional desk. My students are noticeably more engaged in their work and less disruptive of their peers when they are given a choice of where to work. The products that I have chosen will help my students by giving them additional seating options to make more effective learning choices. The wobble stools are sturdy and will allow students to sit at desk or tables but will still allow some movement. These will be extremely beneficial for some students that just need to get the wiggles out! The boomerang desks will allow for additional collaborative seating options. They are lightweight and can be moved easily, making them usable in many areas of the classroom. While I know my project choices exceed the recommended amount to be funded, this is my first time requesting outside help. I usually try to fund out of pocket. I have seen how choice positively affects my students' work and attitude, and am grateful for this opportunity to further my students' growth!

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