I teach at a low-income/high poverty school where students are faced with many challenges at school as well as at home. Our school is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) focus school. We are also a Project Based Learning school, where students are encouraged to learn through trying new things that have real-world application.
Music is a powerful tool in connecting these young learners and engaging them in their own learning.
In the music classroom I try to inspire my students to have fun, think creatively, and use experiences in their everyday life to inspire them in their musical journey.
Every day I hear my students singing, rapping, and making beats with their pencils (not always at appropriate times). These kids love music, and they need the proper instruments to allow them to receive the best education possible and provide them with a new outlet to express themselves. By providing these students with stellar materials I will be able to provide them with tools to expand their musical knowledge and help them grow as leaders in the community.
I would like to start having flexible seating in the music classroom. Flexible seating allows students to take charge of their learning and make the choices that work best for them. These options will be used as seating in centers, small group work, and for paper/ pencil work, as well as address the individual needs of every student that comes through my door. Currently my students have the option to sit on the floor or sit in chairs. Making sure students are comfortable is not only a great motivating tool it also allows students who have different learning needs create a learning environment that helps them learn the best.
I have noticed amazing differences in students who have flexible seating in their classrooms and want to emulate that in my music room.
Students almost always make good choices about where they sit, are more engaged, cause less disruptions, and get more work completed than when they are just at their chair or on the hard tile floor.
The products that I have selected will help my students by giving them additional seating options to make more effective learning choices. The disc seats will help one side is slightly bumpy, and the other side is bumpier. Students decide which side to sit on, and when they sit on them, it's a bit like the wobble seats, because they can move to and fro on them as they sit. This is helpful for students who have a hard time sitting still. The comfy floor pillows and the beanbag chair will allow for additional comfortable floor seating options. They are lightweight and can be easily used in many areas of the classroom.
I have also added some books to my list to pump up our classroom library and bring more literacy options.
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