Help me give my students a versatile classroom furniture option that turns a crate into a flexible seating option as well as a personal cubby to help us stay organized and safe during the Covid pandemic.
I am a kindergarten teacher in an ICT special education classroom who has 25 students who yearn to learn each and every school day. My classroom is a haven for general education students, IEP students, foster care students, homeless students, and English Language Learners.
I like to think of my students as sponges who absorb the world around them and all of the learning offered to them.
Students enter kindergarten as blank slates and leave as readers and writers. I teach 25 enthusiastic, driven, genuine, and happy kindergartners. They love going to school and come to school ready, willing, and able to learn.
I teach kindergarten in a high poverty area in a lovely neighborhood in the Bronx. The parents pass on to their children the high value of a good schooling experience. Our school has created a wonderful atmosphere where students are encouraged and guided to become independent learners, thinkers, readers, writers, scientists, historians, and most of all, individuals.
This year has brought more challenges than any other year previous.
One of our biggest jobs as educators is to help our students become problem solvers that can think out of the box and rise to any challenge that they face.
This year, as educators, we really need to be models of this behavior because this year has thrown educators one of the biggest challenges teaching students from a distance. We have a blended classroom which means half of our class is learning from home and half of our class is learning in school. They switch and rotate.
In our classroom, the students' desks are spaced via COVID protocols. We even have taped barriers around their desks to show their 6 feet range. One of the biggest challenges we face is that students who are used to learning on a carpet are now being asked to sit throughout the day at their desks. I am asking for you to assist me in a clever project like no other I have asked for before.
It will solve three problems. The first is that we cannot have students use the closets this year--so we have nowhere to store their backpacks or jackets this year. They continuously fall off the back of their desk every day. The second is that students are staying at their desk the entire day with only brain breaks for movement. The third is that this does not allow for one of my biggest beliefs, as a teacher, which is that students should have a voice and choice in where they are learning by offering flexible seating. I came up with a solution that will solve all of these problems...crates that turned into a flexible seat. They will be able to store items as well as having another seating option.
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