I work with wonderfully kind, energetic, and inquisitive third grade students. For many of them school is more like a home than their own sometimes. Many move multiple times yearly. When they move, they have to get rid of their personal items. They move in with family and friends and never have personal space. Privacy partitions could be helpful for students who need some alone time as they work through a lesson. Later, when we are in group, a blue, large group area rug could create a environment of imagination and learning. The beauty of the rug might instill pride in the students toward their classroom making them want to be at school.
We meet at the rug many times throughout the day. I watch as students run their fingers through our present carpet. They don't like it. If we had a new one without pieces pulled and torn, I know they would smile. As they read, I notice that they want to sit on a rug, but ours is so worn. Also, sometimes I watch students set up their binders and folders when they want private time. Some other students just won't leave them alone. I think the partitions are professional-looking and will help nurture a learning experience. It's a win-win situation!
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