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What we know about the middle school student is that he/she often learns best when their learning style can be accommodated within the classroom. Rarely does this age child conform to the typical “one size fits all” classroom chair! If we are able to validate the child’s natural inclination to move by offering more flexible seating choices, experience has shown that it increases students’ absorption in their work. Currently, the traditional seating I have in my classroom does not provide opportunities for flexibility. I have students who are extremely exited about the prospect of a standing desk, because they know that if they can stand while they listen and work, they will become better students. In my reading classes, students are craving a place to curl up on the floor as they become enmeshed in their reading, but, as of now, I don't have any cushions or places to help make this an inviting option. I have worked hard to develop and grow a library full of books that students will enjoy, but my library is not complete or totally inviting without the comfort of floor cushions and a bean bag chair or two. Additionally, since my students move around the room to work in groups or partners, they now use inexpensive stools which can be moved around the room easily. These have worked so well, I even use them myself when conferring and helping students one-on-one and in small groups. However, these stools now need to be replaced and augmented due to their constant use. Please help us create a classroom environment that increases student engagement through flexible work station choices.

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What we know about the middle school student is that he/she often learns best when their learning style can be accommodated within the classroom. Rarely does this age child conform to the typical “one size fits all” classroom chair! If we are able to validate the child’s natural inclination to move by offering more flexible seating choices, experience has shown that it increases students’ absorption in their work. Currently, the traditional seating I have in my classroom does not provide opportunities for flexibility. I have students who are extremely exited about the prospect of a standing desk, because they know that if they can stand while they listen and work, they will become better students. In my reading classes, students are craving a place to curl up on the floor as they become enmeshed in their reading, but, as of now, I don't have any cushions or places to help make this an inviting option. I have worked hard to develop and grow a library full of books that students will enjoy, but my library is not complete or totally inviting without the comfort of floor cushions and a bean bag chair or two. Additionally, since my students move around the room to work in groups or partners, they now use inexpensive stools which can be moved around the room easily. These have worked so well, I even use them myself when conferring and helping students one-on-one and in small groups. However, these stools now need to be replaced and augmented due to their constant use. Please help us create a classroom environment that increases student engagement through flexible work station choices.

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