Our first grade classroom is made up of 18 kiddos whose abilities are very diverse, yet they learn to boast on each other's strengths. As with most classroom diversities, I have some student's just learning letters, while some others are reading on a fourth grade level. My goal each day is to meet each students individual needs so they are learning, gaining and being challenged.
They know that our classroom is similar to a large family where we treat each other well, focus on the positives, and encourage each other always.
We talk of how each individual has their own gifts and by working together they can empower each other to find gains in their weaknesses as well.
Our classroom set-up is currently a flexible seating layout. The students can stand and work, sit at tables on regular chairs or with wobble stools, and some choose to sit on the floor cushions with a clip board. With the diversity of needs in our room, we have found flexible seating to be the best to meet their individual differences.
This project is made up of a variety of materials that will assist my kiddos in having more flexible options for learning in our classroom.
Many students find sitting on the floor to be most comfortable for them, but struggle to keep their materials organized and clipboards from slipping around.
The Surf Portable Lap Desk provides a solid surface as their body weight is used to keep the table solid.
The ipad cases will allow my students more options. Our current cases are very difficult to remove from the ipads and therefore causes challenges if we want to utilize all of our OSMOs for differentiated instruction. These cases are easy to remove yet keep the ipads fully protected.
The retro phone handsets are made for students to record and listen to the ipad within our classroom. Several times a week the kiddos complete tasks where they need to record. These handsets help block out so much background noise.
The dry erase circles are made so that students can record their thinking or work without the extra materials to manage. First graders absolutely love using dry erase markers and are motivated by this change up from typical pencil/paper activities.
The carpet spots are to mark spacing on our floor. Firsties are sometimes are challenged by personal space and appreciate a visual to help them know their options. Flexible seating can be hard for some students, as they are learning how they learn best. The carpet spots will be a visual to help them know bounderies and assist them in being the most successful.
I look forward to watching as these materials and tools assist my students to achieve their greatest success.
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