My students need other seating options besides their hard classroom seats when sitting at their desks. These seats allow them to sit in a stability ball without having stability balls rolling around the room.
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My students are typical 4th grade students with a range of academic abilities. We are in a suburban, middle class school. They like to learn, but they also like to move. They love to be engaged with their activities. They utilize the flexible seating options we have in our classroom, but the seats at their desk are still the traditional chairs. They are hard and uncomfortable. All learners need to feel engaged with what they are learning to stay motivated to continue learning and flexible seating options have helped them stay engaged in their learning.
My 4th graders like to learn, but they also like to be comfortable as they move. Their current desk chairs don't provide much comfort for them. This affects their ability to stay focused on their work. The chairs I would like for the classroom would help to keep them focused while they work.
Stability balls have been used in classrooms around the country for years, including mine.
The downside of a stability ball is that they tend to take up a lot of space in the classroom and they also roll around the room. This model of stability ball helps the ball to have a smaller footprint in the classroom and won't roll around creating a hazard. Providing seating for 4 would help students when they are at their desks or move them to work in small groups around the room.
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