"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."—Aristotle
I teach occupational and life skills curriculum at a large, urban high school.
My students have a range of disabilities including learning and intellectual disabilities, visual and hearing impairments, autism, as well as health and other physical impairments. Many of them are also English language learners and almost all of them come from low-income households. My students show greater enthusiasm and achievement when learning is interactive, interesting, and includes technology and high-interest reading materials.
The diverse learners in my classroom are currently using old, hand-me-down chairs from other departments within my school building. I literally saved them a few years ago from being dumped into the garbage because they were better than the ones that we were using. However, they have reached the end of their long, useful lives and desperately need to be replaced. There is no budget for furniture this year.
Our old chairs are scratchy from material poking out of the seats and the metal bars on the bottom have tape on them from missing pieces.
This makes for an uncomfortable learning environment. My students have a difficult time concentrating when they have to actively think about how to sit on their chars with the least amount of discomfort.
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