My class is a fabulous bunch of kind, respectful 3rd graders who love to learn! Of the 21 students in my class, the majority of them are ELL and come from Spanish and Middle-Eastern cultures. Our school is a Title I school, and 90% of our population is on free and reduced lunch.
Many of our students come from homes of poverty, and they appreciate everything they're given including an excellent education!
Our school is one where students get the help they need to succeed whether in language, reading, or math. Our school has a student to teacher ratio of 18:1, allowing teachers to reach each one of their students on an individual level.
My classroom loves to work in a variety of settings. Sometimes they work independently at their desks, but other times they sit on the floor to work with a partner. At other times, they gather around a table to complete a group project, or sit in their book nook to read silently. My students enjoy having opportunities to complete their work in different spaces throughout the day, and I enjoy giving them the freedom they need to do so.
Students need opportunities to get comfortable in an elementary classroom, and I believe the most effective way to allow for this is by offering flexible seating options. I ask students to sit in one place and direct their attention to me when teaching or reviewing a specific skill, but when I ask the students to work independently or collaborate with a partner, I think it's important for them to get up and move to a new space they can claim as their own. Different students find different settings comfortable, and I want to allow for that in my classroom by offering a variety of seating options.
By giving my students the opportunity to find a seat where they'll be most productive, I'm allowing them to take ownership of their learning and showing them I trust them to make decisions for themselves regarding their success in the classroom.
Students grow from knowing they can solve problems on their own and allowing students to choose from a variety of seating options helps them weigh the positives and negatives of each place and figure out for themselves where they learn best.
Numbered sit spots will be used as a central location for students to sit during direct teaching time, but they will also double as a mat for playing a variety of math games. Exercise balls will be used as seats at a table where students may work collaboratively or on their own. Since we are not allowed to have items in our classroom with regular cloth covering, the plastic table covers will be used to cover papasan chairs currently in the classroom. The seat cushions will be used on the floor for seating at a low table or to be moved around the room for other activities.
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