Each learner in my classroom enters our school with a desire to be educated. Many of these kids enjoy hands-on and engaging projects and new challenges. Students in my classroom enjoy learning stations which allows for a variety of ways to become proficient in their standards.
Classroom environment plays a huge role in the performance of our learners.
Students are encouraged to lead their own learning with drive, conviction, and a growth mindset. They come to school day after day eager to take on their next task, take chances, and grow both academically and personally.
My classroom is visited by students in the seventh and eighth grade each day. Approximately 50% of the population in our rural area receive free or reduced meals. Resources and supplies are not always readily available for each student. Despite this fact, our teachers, students, and staff work as a team to provide the best learning environment for all.
Creating voice and choice for my learners starts in a flexible classroom. Students are encouraged to sit where they feel not only comfortable but also engaged without distractions. My classroom runs very smoothly with centers-based learning. Allowing students the choice of where to sit or stand gives the student pride in their actions. As a second year classroom facilitator, my classroom has lacked the flexibility that my students deserve. Creating this new project will allow for many years of use and love.
The goal of my classroom is to create an environment that is fun yet engages the students in learning at their own pace.
Learners in grades 7 and 8 will be invited to use the new flexible seating throughout the day. Tall round tables will encourage students to work independently or with a partner in a more secluded and personal area. The choice of sitting or standing at this area will also allow students the freedom to move as they work. Utilizing the furniture I currently have is also very important, but I trust that updated seating will give students the cool space they wish to work in. Students will utilize the short stools throughout the classroom for a learner-center space where choice is awarded and focus is the outcome.
The diverse group of learners in my classroom will not only benefit from this project being awarded, but also take great care and pride in their classroom. I have personally witnessed how choice and movement can positively affect students abilities in the classroom. This project being funded will only allow for more chances to grow.
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