I have 10 amazing students in my class with varying levels of speech/language impairments as well as other developmental, learning, and emotional disabilities. My students learn and grow in different ways and range greatly in their academic levels. Having students at many different levels can make things challenging, however, my students and I adapt and modify to keep our classroom running smoothly. I provide them with alternative ways to learn, and I get the joy of seeing their "light bulb" moments.
As expected with little kids, they sometimes come running up to me in excitement talking way too fast!
Even in these moments when I can't understand them, I have the opportunity to listen to their stories, their thoughts, and their feelings. My students all have disabilities, but they have so much potential to learn and grow. I am excited to continue watching them grow. These new materials will be a huge asset to their learning process.
Reading and looking at books is a crucial part of my students' education, and having a space for them that is comfortable and engaging makes a world of difference. Having a carpet to lay on while sifting through books or a cushioned chair to sit with on the floor will improve their focus and increase their attention to the book. Having carpet space and floor seats are considered flexible seating which allows students to take charge of their learning and make the choices that work best for them. For many of my students, sitting up straight in a traditional chair makes focusing difficult for them. When I see my students laying on the ground or sitting on the tile they are noticeably more engaged in their books. But just like you and me, they would be a lot happier sitting on a carpet or cushion rather than the cold hard tile of a classroom floor. This carpet and floor chair can change my student reading experiences in such a positive way.
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