I teach in an urban public school with over 900 students. The students in our school come from very diverse backgrounds and cultures. There are over 15 different languages spoken in the homes of our students including Spanish, Portuguese, Khmer, and Vietnamese. Over 60% of our students’ homes do not speak English as their primary language and 25% of our student population receives ESL services.
Our middle school is classified as a Title I school and over 70% of our students receive free/reduced lunch.
Our school is part of the District Reference Group "H," which is the second lowest socioeconomic level a school can be placed in. Despite these economic barriers, our students strive for academic achievement. Our school community promotes our unique diversity and encourages students to reach their maximum learning potential.
Research shows that flexible seating in a classroom can increase motivation and engagement. The flexible seating options currently in our classroom have truly increased student engagement and these stools will add to our positive classroom environment.
The goal of this project is to provide students with flexible seating options to create a comfortable and collaborative space for students to utilize during class.
The requested stools will be paired with bookcases to create a high top/counter for students to work at during class. This will provide students with a unique seating arrangement where they can collaborate with classmates daily in our class.
Students access the different meeting spaces on a daily basis and constantly talk about how much they enjoy our classroom setting. This project will help to provide my students with flexible seating options to personalize their learning experience and create a space where students feel comfortable and connected.
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