Tinker K-8 is a special school because our families are all military and they all live on Mac Dill Air Force Base. Our families are army, navy and air force. Our school has a family culture in that there are so many similarities among students and many student are experiencing the same difficulties and hardships.
Deployment is a reality in the life of a military child.
Because of this, Tinker is a safe place that they can rely on to not change each day. When the students come to school they find comfort in their teacher, friends and the predictable routines of our day. The classroom is an important part of their lives and they attach quickly to teachers and friends.
Our student typically move every three years to new locations. Currently I have lost four students and have gained five new ones including a Korean only speaking student. Our classrooms are very transitional. We say goodbye often and welcome newbies with open arms. The students are so adaptable because of this constant change. They make friends easily and they quickly latch on to new students typically within the first day.
Flexible seating is a big trend these days and for good reason! Kids need to be able to get out of their rigid chairs, grab a pillow and choose a better place to learn such as a flexible round table from Lakeshore Learning.
A Lakeshore table will allow us meet in groups of two or even meet in a group of up to five.
Meeting in this way will allow the kids to sit criss cross on the floor and will keep them engaged.
Gone are the days of bring desks and hard plastic chairs. I can't wait to see how this beautiful table fits into my classroom. The kids will just love it!
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