I have the privilege this year of educating the minds of 28 first graders. Twenty-eight first graders who are eager to learn, excited about reading, mastering language arts, pumped about math, and so enthusiastic about the arts. However, they have come into first graders in the midst of horrible budget cuts, that provide a small milestone in achieving these goals.
This passionate group of first graders resides on the Southside of Chicago.
They have the privilege of learning in an environment that believes in personalized learning, flexible seating, and the power of technology. The students are of both African American and Hispanic descent with 99% of our students receive free or reduced-priced lunch. However, they are learning that believing in themselves is all that matters.
Flexible seating in the classroom is a growing passion in the world of education. Research supports a flexible classroom for a variety of reasons ranging from comfort, to building collaboration, and lastly to simply creating a fun space for children to enjoy. My sole reason for continuing to build upon our flexible learning environment is because I believe that the best type of environment for students who have and are still experiencing trauma is one that looks and feels like home.
First Lady Roselyn Carter says, "There is nothing more important than a good, safe, secure home." For many of my students that is not something that they know and experience.
Something as simple as a couch can help create the comforting environment I am seeking. Please help me create this environment for my students.
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