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  • Mott Elementary
  • Pflugerville, TX
  • Half of students from low‑income households

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When you think of an elementary school classroom, a teacher reading a book at the front of the classroom while children sit attentively on a big rug often comes to mind. However, this is not a provided resource at many elementary schools. Having a classroom rug builds classroom community and gives each child a special place to sit and participate during classroom discussions. In my experience as an educator, I know the value of a classroom rug and have dreamed about having one since I first started teaching four years ago. I have explored multiple options for receiving a rug or two, such as personally saving for one on my own and applying for a grant through my district. I know that my incoming third graders deserve a comfortable space for morning meetings, closing circles and a cozy space not only for classroom discussions and mini-lessons, but also for our growing classroom library. Due to the diverse needs of my students, the majority of my instruction is conducted in small groups and mini-lessons on the floor. In third grade, students need to move and physically engage in their learning constantly. To accommodate their physical needs, students move from collaborative table groups to the floor throughout the school day. Having a classroom rug would strengthen the flow of our transitions as well as provide each student with a special place to sit during lessons. Having a rug in our library would create a warm and welcoming place for students to read, relax and develop a lifetime love of literacy.

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When you think of an elementary school classroom, a teacher reading a book at the front of the classroom while children sit attentively on a big rug often comes to mind. However, this is not a provided resource at many elementary schools. Having a classroom rug builds classroom community and gives each child a special place to sit and participate during classroom discussions. In my experience as an educator, I know the value of a classroom rug and have dreamed about having one since I first started teaching four years ago. I have explored multiple options for receiving a rug or two, such as personally saving for one on my own and applying for a grant through my district. I know that my incoming third graders deserve a comfortable space for morning meetings, closing circles and a cozy space not only for classroom discussions and mini-lessons, but also for our growing classroom library. Due to the diverse needs of my students, the majority of my instruction is conducted in small groups and mini-lessons on the floor. In third grade, students need to move and physically engage in their learning constantly. To accommodate their physical needs, students move from collaborative table groups to the floor throughout the school day. Having a classroom rug would strengthen the flow of our transitions as well as provide each student with a special place to sit during lessons. Having a rug in our library would create a warm and welcoming place for students to read, relax and develop a lifetime love of literacy.

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