First grade is a critical year in which students grow academically, socially and emotionally. It is not very often you come across a student who can sit for an extended period of time. Students need to be moving around the classroom and exploring. My young first graders tend to move while they are working which is why being comfortable is imperative for learning success. My students are motivated and engaged when they are allowed the freedom to move about the classroom during instruction time. They are more focused and participation rises. My students deserve to have a warm classroom environment where learning is fun.
Best practices show that students should not be sitting for a long period of time. Students need to be up moving around the room in a comfortable manner. I want to target student attention, focus and desire to do well. By incorporating flexible seating options the students can choose the best way they would like to work. Think about how motivated you are when you are comfortable and focused. This will be the same for any first grader learning to read, write, develop math skills and social skills.
I strive to create a classroom environment where learning is fun and comfortable.
I envision children scattered all around my classroom working to the best of their ability in a comfortable space. By incorporating flexible seating into my classroom students can choose which type of seating they would want for the day. They will have various seating options to choose from including: bouncy balls, stools, lap desks, and cushions. The hope is that being comfortable will allow them to focus and produce their best work. The novelty of having various seating options will continue to motivate students throughout the year to choose a new seat daily. The supply caddies that I am requesting will be used for community supplies so that students can take their needed supplies with them around the room. I want to make my classroom a successful learning environment for all my first graders.
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