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  • Pioneer Elementary School
  • West Chicago, IL
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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As many adults, children find it difficult to concentrate and get work done in a cluttered classroom. Not being able to find materials in a timely manner interferes with learning. Therefore, I have removed all of my desks and inserted tables in my classroom. Having tables will: reduce unwanted desk noise, reduce the amount of time looking for material, increase work space, increase a sense of collaboration, and increase a sense of community. By removing the desk, I am in need of pocket chairs. The pocket chairs will be place behind every student’s chair. Here they will have their folders, notebooks and any individualized material. These pocket chairs will help students get organize and only have the necessary materials to succeed in class. As Erin Klein from the article “Decrease Classroom Clutter to Increase Creativity” from Edutopia stated, “For example, research indicates that light, space, and room layout have a critical impact on physical and physiological well-being. Studies from the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture indicate that each feature of the architectural environment influences certain brain processes, such as those involved in stress, emotion, and memory. It’s our job as designers of our learning spaces to be familiar with some of these key elements where we can make a positive difference for student learning”. I truly believe that to be successful students need to feel easy accessibility to their materials; and these pocket chairs will facilitate the process for them.

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As many adults, children find it difficult to concentrate and get work done in a cluttered classroom. Not being able to find materials in a timely manner interferes with learning. Therefore, I have removed all of my desks and inserted tables in my classroom. Having tables will: reduce unwanted desk noise, reduce the amount of time looking for material, increase work space, increase a sense of collaboration, and increase a sense of community. By removing the desk, I am in need of pocket chairs. The pocket chairs will be place behind every student’s chair. Here they will have their folders, notebooks and any individualized material. These pocket chairs will help students get organize and only have the necessary materials to succeed in class. As Erin Klein from the article “Decrease Classroom Clutter to Increase Creativity” from Edutopia stated, “For example, research indicates that light, space, and room layout have a critical impact on physical and physiological well-being. Studies from the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture indicate that each feature of the architectural environment influences certain brain processes, such as those involved in stress, emotion, and memory. It’s our job as designers of our learning spaces to be familiar with some of these key elements where we can make a positive difference for student learning”. I truly believe that to be successful students need to feel easy accessibility to their materials; and these pocket chairs will facilitate the process for them.

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