The students in my class are from low income homes. Most if not all of their families are dependent on state aide and public housing. Even though they have very difficult situations outside of school, they thrive on the successes they achieve in the classroom. Because of their sometimes chaotic home lives, they look forward to the consistencies that their classroom and school provide.
Oklahoma third graders know that they must pass a standardized reading assessment to be promoted to fourth grade.
All through the school year the students work to improve their reading skills and to achieve growth on their benchmark assessment. My class of third graders' reading levels vary from beginner readers to students reading at a seventh grade level.
The physical environment of a classroom should be inviting to students but it also should be easily changeable, able to change to meet the needs of today's students. It is no secret that today's classrooms have a wide range of needs for it's students. One need is to help keep students stay on task by giving them seating that will allow them to move. These balls will give students opportunities to move while working. They stimulate the students which aides in helping them to focus and process information. This type of stimulation is especially helpful for students with ADHD and ADD. The balls will encourage collaboration between students and will help the students in building a classroom community. Non traditional seating like the exercise balls is just one way that the environment of the classroom can be changed to meet the needs of today's student.
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