The students come to school every day with smiles on their faces, motivated and read to learn. Walking around to each classroom, you can see the high level of participation and how much they love being here and interacting with their teachers and peers. Our school, and district as a whole, is very diverse. We have students of every ethnicity and many different economic backgrounds, and varied family types.
Our students pride themselves on being "bucket fillers".
This is the idea that everyone carries around an invisible bucket that can be filled up by the kindness of others, and by them showing positive character traits. They are reminded every day that they have the potential to achieve whatever they set their mind to, and that they can be successful and strive for greatness. Our students know that they are loved and appreciated for what they add to our building.
Many students have a constant need for movement-based sensory input that contributes to fidgeting, slouching or soreness, making it tough for them to engage in learning.The balance ball chairs will provide the gross motor and sensory support necessary to prepare my students to sit quietly and listen or complete independent work. These chairs will not directly teach the students new skills, but they will help prime my students for learning in all content areas.Active sitting is based on the idea that it’s not healthy for the body to be seated for long periods of time. Too much sitting still has been shown to lead to back and hip soreness, fatigue, decreased muscle tone and a lack of focusing ability. Active seating corrects these problems by promoting slight movements and adjustments for the user while they sit. These movements keep the body more engaged, alleviating the negative effects of prolonged sitting.Using these chairs during periods of the day should help the students return to the group or independent work area and be able to sit and focus to learn or demonstrate a specific skill.Some kids just gotta keep moving! Their muscles crave activity, making it difficult for them to sit still for long periods of time or focus on seated activities. Because active seating lets kids move and adjust themselves in a non-disruptive way, they burn off excess energy and get the stimulus their muscles are looking for, making them more attentive in class.
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