My twenty-five first graders are curious, active, and full of energy! They love trying new things, making messes, and working together most days. We are an awesome, first grade class in a large school of over thirteen hundred students.
Our grade level makeup includes a diverse cultural population of inquisitive boys and girls, varying ability levels, and amazing personalities.
We truly are a small community within our school community and feel so fortunate to have such wonderful students. Our school is located in Georgia, right outside of Atlanta.
This year we are focusing on community. Not just our classroom community, but our school community, city community and global community. We are broadening our horizons with pen pals and Skype chats. During morning meeting, several students asked about books featuring students from other countries. This turned into a conversation about how our classroom could use more books with a variety of characters to match the diversity we have.
It was beautiful!
My students get it! They know just what our classroom needs! They also are well aware that they need to move. They will actually suggest wiggle breaks as needed! Realizing wobble stools are a bit of a stretch, I asked for ideas about movement while working. My students (again during morning meeting) decided having bouncy bands on more chairs would allow students to sit different places in the room while working in groups or stay at their desk and still have movement.
Involving students in decision making builds community. They deserve all of the credit for making our classroom the best learning place to be!
If you donated to this project, you can sign in to leave a comment for Mrs. S..
DonorsChoose is the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.
As a teacher-founded nonprofit, we're trusted by thousands of teachers and supporters across the country. This classroom request for funding was created by Mrs. S. and reviewed by the DonorsChoose team.
DonorsChoose makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you.