I am a fourth grade reading/social studies teacher. My students represent a range of academic, socio-economic and cultural diversity. Our school is a Title I school and we have 750 students in PreK-6th Grade. I am part of a team teaching partnership for 52 fourth graders. I teach reading and social studies and my team-mate teaches math and science.
Our students learn through a variety of small-group interactive learning stations including independent, cooperative, and teacher-led stations.
This is the fourth year in this classroom setup and our supplies show the effects of our students hard work, constant movement and daily use and are in desperate need of replacement.
The purchase of these baskets will enable our students to participate in the active learning experiences of our unique classroom. We decided that the style of our teaching required movement and flexibility. In order to create a learning environment that is fluid and meets the needs of two teachers and 52 students, we decided to use round tables and flexible seating for students to use throughout the day. Students do not have individual desks and need to be able to carry their materials as they rotate between the two classrooms.
Our students learn in a unique environment because we do not have traditional student desks. We have flexible seating instead. This flexible seating gives students the opportunity to sit where they are comfortable and learn best. Our students move between two classrooms several times a day and the baskets serve as their portable desks so they can keep their books and supplies with them.
My co-teacher and I have been teaching together for four years and have used these baskets for our 50 fourth graders.
The baskets are showing wear and tear and that they have been well-loved and used by many students.
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