My students need wobble chairs, balance balls, and therabands (to put around the legs of normal chairs) for alternative seating in our classroom.
The biggest challenge I have had teaching first grade is finding a way for students to stay engaged in the lesson we are doing and being able to stay on task when they are reading or doing classwork. Having alternative seating for them to choose from would greatly improve their ability to do this.
I teach first grade in a small community.
There are usually 2 classrooms for each grade level, and class sizes average anywhere from 15-20 students. Many of our students come from lower income families who cannot contribute as much when it comes to classroom supplies, so many of us teachers purchase these items out of our own pockets.
If my students had alternative seating in our classroom, they would be able to find the type of seat that would benefit them best so that they can stay engaged in our lessons, finish work and stay on task without losing focus and disturbing others. I have 5 round tables in my classroom, and each table will have different types of seating available such as wobble chairs, balance balls, chairs with therabands around the legs, and regular chairs. These alternative seating choices will give my students the opportunity to move and exert energy while still paying attention and finishing work.
I have taught first grade for 12 years, and every year I have several students who struggle with sitting in a chair and paying attention in class.
I often allow students to stand (as long as they are still listening and not bothering other students), however having alternative seating where each student can pick which seat suits them best will make a huge difference in their ability to stay focused in the classroom without being disruptive.
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