More than half of students from low‑income households
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Choose Your Own Seat
My students need access to alternative seating to rock, bounce and wiggle their way through the school day.
I teach a wonderful group of first graders at a Spanish-English dual immersion elementary school. My class is culturally and linguistically diverse, speaking languages at home that include Arabic, English and Spanish. As part of a dual immersion school, all the students are learning to speak, listen, read and write in Spanish and English. It is an absolute pleasure to watch students learn another language and dream about their futures.
We are a Title 1 school and many of my students qualify for free and reduced lunch.
Most of my students come from socioeconomically disadvantaged families with limited resources. My students' parents have had limited schooling, but believe in the power of education. They support learning and academics as a means to building a better future. As their teacher, my students’ parents entrust me to provide the best education for their children.
Think about your favorite place to work or read. Is it at a desk or table? Is it in a comfy chair? Or do you prefer working while standing or bouncing on a stability ball? As adults, we get to choose our preferred seating method, while students are obliged to sit on hard, uncomfortable plastic chairs. It is time for this to change!
In today’s quickly changing world, it is unacceptable that our classrooms use the same desk and chair set up that we have used for generations.
Research has shown that children learn best when they are active. In addition, research and my own experience has shown that children are more likely to engage with learning when they have choice. Flexible seating meets both of these needs. Some children love to sit or lay on the floor to complete their work. Without desks, they are free to collaborate in any space they find comfortable. However, the lap desks are necessary so students have large hard surfaces on which to write. Other children prefer the movement of yoga balls and wobbly chairs. Students are better able to focus on their work as they rock and balance on their seats. It is a teacher’s dream to see how quickly my students transition to their seats and begin their work.
Having used my own funds to pilot flexible seating in my classroom, I need your help to make sitting on the floor more comfortable, as well as provide more wiggly seating options for my students. With your support, I will provide the best learning environment for my students.
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