My students are from New York's fourth largest city, Yonkers! Most live below the poverty line and receive free lunch. They are smart, ambitious and eager to learn. I teach ELA to 30 bright-eyed students, 12 of which have an educational disability. Often times thinking outside of the box is the best for our classroom to run. I let my students help with lesson planning by picking out our reading selections. When they take an active role, they are more interested in the outcome. I also instill organization skills that are imperative for success.
Our classroom has just moved and as the school year gets underway we have been noticing our classroom needs some warmth. We have a flexible space that allows for the students to move around the room to read, copy notes, or finish work but we are missing a flooring covering that will help get us to want to move around. An area rug or oversized mat is a much more welcoming space to want to work on rather than sitting on a cold floor. We spend more time in our classrooms than our homes, that’s why it would be nice to have a more homey and comfortable learning environment.
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