Anxious, bouncy, creative, talkative, silent, and nervous! A few of the ways I would describe my nine and ten-year-old students. Although we bounce through our given curriculum daily, I focus on the emotional and social development of my students just as equally.
80% of students with academic concerns come to school with at least 3 ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences).
In order to best meet these students needs, we as educators must meet them at their social and emotional level. A way to do so is to create a collaborative classroom with a focus on safety, connection, and support. Finally, helping these students find an internal motivation and sense of engagement will help them to thrive in their academia.
Having a variety of seating choices for my students will allow them to have a choice in their learning environment at school. Many students come to school with unseen ACEs, making it difficult for them to focus on academics. By setting up a collaborative classroom with flexible seating, my students will begin to thrive academically. They need to feel safe, supported, and have a sense of community.
By adding flexible seating to the classroom, my students will begin to feel that their learning styles matter.
Each day students will be able to come to class and choose whether to stand, rock, or criss-cross applesauce at low tables when it comes time to take notes or work collaboratively.
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