My students need balance balls and bouncy bands so they can learn while their bodies are given the freedom to move. The class also needs the chair pockets for the storage of their leveled reading books.
My fourth graders love to read and share their stories. Each has taken on the 40 book challenge. All 21 students have pledged to read 40 "just right" books across ten different genres before the end of the year. They meet weekly to discuss the stories they've read, write summaries of what they learned, and discuss favorite characters with their peers.
The students in my classroom thrive on collaboration.
They actively listen and build upon others' ideas. My students are given the freedom to group and regroup to complete tasks throughout the day. They are problem solvers in all subject areas. Students support, encourage, and care for one another in my student centered classroom.
My students are truly 21st century learners. They are motivated to not only do their personal best, but to also help their classmates learn from them. Thus, if one child has an idea that he/she thinks would be beneficial to others, they call out a "Give Me Five." The class briefly pauses, listens, and children may reshuffle their groups to learn more from that particular student. The chair pockets will allow my students to efficiently bring their reading materials to their new group locations.
Children learn best when they are given the time to actively listen, discuss, and teach each other.
The balance balls and balance chair bands will allow my students the freedom to move their active bodies without disrupting their peers in the classroom. Research has proven that flexible seating has improved students' core strength, oxygen flow to the brain, and student engagement.
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