Second graders love to move and share their learning. 7-8 year olds like to be active learners with small groups, peers, and at times, work independently. Choice is important to any child and helps motivate their learning even more! We are working on learning from our mistakes with Growth Mindset and from each other with me, the teacher, facilitating their learning instead of just lecturing.
Our classroom has a variety of learners with different cultures and various socioeconomic statuses.
We are at a K-5 elementary school located on the west side of the our school district. There are close to 1,100 students at the school with around seven sections per grade level.
I am asking for donations to make flexible seating come to life in my classroom. 7-8 year olds love to learn, but they still have energy to get out and flexible seating can help with that. I am asking for stability stools, balancing pods, lap trays, and wobble chairs so my students can wiggle out their extra energy without distracting from their learning. Students will have the chance with various seats to see what helps them learn best and focus on their needs by reading their bodies to see what works for each individual student.
Teachers that have used flexible seating have seen a benefit in physical, emotional, and academic benefits.
Students get to choose what best fits for their learning. It builds community by sharing supplies and taking turns. There is movement and builds on core strength. They feel comfortable which helps them focus more and be relaxed in their learning. The seating also provides sensory input and motivates students to work hard to keep their spots. This makes learning more comfortable and engaging.
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