I am teaching 16 sweet college-bound 3rd graders who are eager to learn! We have a very busy, exciting second semester ahead of us as we continue to dive into math, reading, writing, science, and social studies together, building the foundations for lifelong learning.
Alongside these academic topics, we are also building a culture of error, learning from our mistakes, and constructing evidence-based arguments to support our learning.
My students are also learning important social-emotional skills and practicing healthy habits in various aspects of their lives.
However, my classroom is in desperate need of some educational materials and morale-boosting decorations. Our space should feel like home away from home, but it's not there yet. Students need to feel physically and emotionally safe to learn. Not only will the educational materials serve as references throughout the year, but the comfy carpet and bright, inspirational posters will transform the space into a warm, inviting spot where students can relax and concentrate on academics.
Currently, my class sits on a small rug and movable carpet squares during instructional time. This causes issues when not all students fit on the carpet, or when students do not have sufficient personal space. Unfortunately, this distracts students from the learning process and slows down the pace of my lessons when students have to worry about something as trivial as seating arrangements.
The other issue with movable carpet squares is the amount of instructional time wasted when we transition to the carpet.
Moving carpet squares back and forth is a waste of time that we could otherwise be spending on building math fluency skills, discussing social studies concepts, and reading scientific articles.
A carpet that's big enough for all my students would go a long way in making students more comfortable in the classroom, preventing conflicts, and using our time wisely.
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