If there is one word I could use to describe my students, it would be resilient. Despite having the odds stacked against them, my students show up every day with a willingness to learn. They are brave, insightful, and eager. The majority of students in my classroom have autism, which impacts their ability to communication and process sensory information. We often tell our students that they have autism, but autism sure doesn't have them. We know they can thrive with the correct school supports!
In addition to their unique learning needs, most of my students live at or below the poverty line and speak a language other than English at home.
They attend a neighborhood public school in an urban area. Unsurprisingly, funding is limited for special education programs. These circumstances set up a variety of barriers to my students' education. They have less access to high-quality curriculum, extracurricular activities, and basic classroom supplies. It's my goal as an educator to break down these barriers for my students.
My students deserve a high-quality education, but unfortunately, our school and district lack the funding to make that happen. This is where you come in!
My students have wiggly bottoms and eager minds. My students love to learn, but sometimes their attention and focus is pulled away from learning. Having options for flexible seating in the classroom can provide students with autonomy to choose their seat each day, but also provide them with a safe physical outlet for some of their energy. The ability to wiggle, bounce, or get comfy can make the difference in the ability to focus.
We have many options for flexible seating in our classroom, however, over time these have become worn down and worn out.
Our flexible seating is in need of a makeover! Our bean bag chairs have been completely flattened, our ball chairs have been popped (oops - too much bouncing), and our stools have seen too much love. We need new flexible seating options for the upcoming school year.
Having new options for seating will allow my students to have a physical outlet and maintain attention to their learning for the upcoming school year.
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