I work in a district that has been hit hard by the economy, but has families that work hard and care about their children's education. This is my fourteen year teaching and I have primarily been teaching reading at the middle school level for a good majority of that time. I have four classes of 6th graders and one 8th grade honors reading class. My kids love books but like most kids, there are a lot factors that can distract them from doing their best in becoming strong readers prepared to handle the rigors of high school.
My goal is to provide a classroom where kids feel welcomed, comfortable, inspired and ready to learn.
We have silent reading time each day where my students are able to pick a high quality book that catches their interest. I think it's important for them to be able to move around the room and get comfortable. This might include a cozy chair, wiggle seat or yoga ball that helps release excess energy while reading or conferring with me. We don't have a lot but they appreciate those extra things we provide to make class special.
Even in middle school, I still find bringing the class back to a "carpet area" can help with focus and community. We have carpet in our room but these seating choices will keep my students comfortable and able to tune in to our lesson. During our silent reading time, my students can spread around the room to areas where they can read without distraction using the portable seating. They will enjoy taking turns each day using the yoga balls as their seat or to read on.
The wobble chairs and wobble pads will allow my kids to work out pent up physical energy without distraction to others while focusing their minds on the reading skills I am teaching.
Like most schools, each of my classes have students with attention deficit disorders. The movement puts a positive spin on their energy and they can do more learning when we make a concerted effort to help them.
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