My urban students are curious, resilient, and appreciative.
My urban middle school students are very diverse in their culture, income, and learning styles.
My school has over 70% free and reduced price lunch and over 20% of students are English Language Learners; we even have a few homeless students. It is important to offer these students a comfortable and engaging place to learn.
My students need alternative seating so that they can find comfortable, flexible places to read, write, and learn. When students feel safe, supported, and comfortable, they are much more open to the learning process.
We currently have two old bean bag chairs that I purchased 6 years ago in my classroom and students LOVE sitting there during their silent reading or writing time! They are constantly advocating to sit there and begging for more "comfy seats". Many of my middle school students need to move around and change their environment. Many of these "wiggly" students have trouble concentrating in a regular desk and have vocalized to me that more flexible seating options would help them concentrate better.
Rather than acting as a distraction from their learning, students are happy and productive when they get to deviate from the normal seating arrangements of being confined to an uncomfortable desk and chair combination.
When I give students the option to choose their seats, they are all clamoring for the flexible seating options. I know that having bean bag chairs and new seats will help these students feel safe, supported, and cared for.
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