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Mrs. Wierson from Des Moines IA is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Flexible Seating Creates Comfortable Students Who Are Calm And Focused

Help me give my students flexible seating options that won't have a mind of their own. I am excited to combine two of their favorite options with the Giam Balance Ball Chairs!

  • $571 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My students are hardworking, thoughtful, and full of life! They love to work in teams on rigorous tasks that challenge their growth mindset.

We have a fast paced curriculum which emphasizes team work, cooperation, and problem solving.

However, the method and environment in which they learn best varies greatly. We incorporate a variety of learning strategies, group work, and alternative seating to ensure that each student's needs are met in order to optimize learning. They are truly an incredible group, and I am so lucky to work in a diverse school with learners that are excited and ready to learn!

My Project

Over the last 3 years I have slowly been adding flexible seating options to my classroom. We currently have wiggle stools, clip boards, wooden stools, scoop chairs, and exercise balls. As a School for Rigor we spend a lot of time working on tasks in teams. I have noticed amazing differences in my students when they are given a choice in their seating. They almost always make good choices about where they sit, are more engaged, and get more work completed than when they are just sitting at their desk. This has encouraged me to ditch the traditional desk and chair mindset.

Through trial and errors students have to learn what types of seating will help them to be successful .

My school is located in a high poverty area, and 100% of students receive a free lunch and breakfast. Every year I have students in my class with extra behavior needs. Since implementing flexible seating during independent time I have have noticed higher student engagement, increased problem solving skills, and higher test scores.

One of the few drawbacks we have found is that the exercise balls never stay put. I have requested two different types of inflatable seats to help make this popular choice less distracting to our learning. The lap desks will allow students to work around the room without having to always drag along a clipboard or hard writing surface. I am hoping that adding these additions to our room will continue to increased student engagement and give more students the option to work away from their desk.

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Mrs. Wierson
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 23 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Gaiam Kids Balance Ball Chair - Classic Children's Stability Ball Chair, Alternative School Classroom Flexible Desk Seating for Active Students with Satisfaction Guarantee, Grey/Orange • Amazon Business $53.44 4 $213.76
ECR4Kids The Surf Portable Lap Desk/Laptop Stand/Writing Table, Eggplant • Amazon Business $25.00 4 $100.00
QI003253P Kids Lap Desk Tray, Portable Activity Table, Pink • Amazon Business $18.36 2 $36.72
CanDo Inflatable Donut Ball, Yellow, 17.7" • Amazon Business $8.80 4 $35.20
Basicwise QI003253G Kids Lap Desk Tray, Portable Activity Table, Green • Amazon Business $17.21 2 $34.42

Materials cost

$420.10

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$28.78

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.30

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$485.18

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$85.62

Total project goal

$570.80

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$570.80

6 Donors

-$383.00

Donations toward project cost

-$329.30

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$53.70

Matching donations from our partners

-$183.39

Match offers toward project cost

-$155.88

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$27.51

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$4.41

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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