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Ms. Passalacqua from Miami FL is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

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My students need different seating options to help address their different learning styles so that we can enhance engagement, these balance ball chairs will do just that!

  • $704 goal

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My Students

As a new teacher to a low-income school district, I am realizing all the challenges my students face in and out of the classroom. 98% of the students are receiving reduced or free lunch. Many have struggled to bring in just the required supplies for the year.

My students are amazing and strong, they all face more hardships than any child should have to endure.

I cannot help them with their home situations but I can help with their experiences during the school day. Over half my class does not read at grade level and for many of them English is their second language. On top of all of that many have learning disabilities and are in the special education program. These things adds an extra obstacle for them to overcome when learning the regular required fourth grade material.

I want to do everything I can to make their time with me a time filled with meaningful learning experiences regardless of their other hardships.

My Project

With all of the different personalities and learning styles in my classroom it is hard to keep everyone focused at once. To ensure that everyone's needs are being met we do a lot of differentiated instruction which involves centers all over the classroom. The students are constantly on the move always dragging chairs with the from center to center. Sometimes it feels like they spend more time trying to get comfortable and arranging their bodies at a center then doing the actual work assigned at that area.

The goal is to get the student's focus back on learning instead of on them trying to figure out where in the room they can go or what they can do next with their bodies.

This is the current focus of most students in my class. My students need eight balance ball chairs to help them focus after a long day. We are extended day, the students are in class a whole extra hour and all they want to do is move around! I can't blame them! I have students who ask to stand or sit on the floor so that they can do their best learning and it is a request I accept gladly. As we start to recognize different learning styles, we can't just talk about them being there we need to have options available to address those needs.

Ms. Passalacqua
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Gaiam Adjustable Custom-Fit Balance Ball Chair, Stability Ball Desk Chair with 55cm Yoga Ball, Inflation Pump and Exercise Guide for Home or Office, Blue • Amazon Business $76.79 4 $307.16
Gaiam Adjustable Custom-Fit Balance Ball Chair, Stability Ball Desk Chair with 55cm Yoga Ball, Inflation Pump and Exercise Guide for Home or Office, Grey • Amazon Business $76.79 2 $153.58
Gaiam Adjustable Custom-Fit Balance Ball Chair, Stability Ball Desk Chair with 55cm Yoga Ball, Inflation Pump and Exercise Guide for Home or Office, Grey • Amazon Business $52.19 1 $52.19
Gaiam Adjustable Custom-Fit Balance Ball Chair, Stability Ball Desk Chair with 55cm Yoga Ball, Inflation Pump and Exercise Guide for Home or Office, Blue • Amazon Business $46.57 1 $46.57

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