My students need a variety of seating options in the classroom. Many of them enjoy sitting in alternative seating during our independent reading block and are much more focused when they are in comfy seats.
Students at our junior high come from all sorts of backgrounds. We have many students that speak Spanish at home, yet are fluent in English as well. We have over 80% of our families labeled as low income. Our community is a fairly small, rural town. There are approximately 9,000 people who reside in our community. Our little town of LaSalle has been working on rebuilding and making it more inviting for tourists. The downtown has had many makeovers. They have added more parades and festivals downtown for our community members and out-of-towners to attend and be able to experience our little community.
We are located along the Illinois River, as well as, the Illinois-Michigan Canal.
Starved Rock and Matthessien State Parks are practically in our backyard, yet many of our students have not had the opportunity to explore them.
Our junior high school hosts 6-8 grade while the elementary school hosts K-5. We are fortunate enough to be remodeling this summer to better suit the needs of our students and staff. Things are looking up for our school district!
By having alternative seating options in my classroom, it gives my students the option to choose the best spot for them to read.
I find that giving students the choice of where they want to sit really helps them concentrate more on their book.
Right now, my students use the comfy seats in our room on a rotation basis and they never forget to remind me when their turn is up. They look forward to it each week. I would like to have more options for my students so that we don't have to do a rotation. Ideally, I want them to choose their seat everyday.
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