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Ms. Lisa Petrauschke from Phoenix AZ is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Flexible Seating, Flexible Bodies, Flexible Minds

My students need flexible seating to support our active bodies while we practice flexible thinking.

  • $835 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My 34 amazing third graders have been placed in my classroom for instruction at an accelerated pace, including fourth-grade math. Our classroom is within a Title l, K-4 public school in Phoenix, Arizona. Our school is located within an urban neighborhood that traditionally consists of dual language, multigenerational families who qualify for free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs.

My students advance their learning through the consistent and purposeful use of Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures and the incorporation of the Mind Up Curriculum.

The success of each individual student elevates the learning of all. Our discussions include typical content but also extend beyond academics as we expand our social and emotional intelligence. We enjoy the process of learning together. The students challenge themselves and support each other respectfully. This is truly an amazing group of young individuals.

My Project

Providing flexible seating options to my third-grade students is just one component of our flexible learning environment. The physical component of flexible learning includes wobble seats, a variety of stools, kneeling mats, and kick bands. An environment in which students feel safe to move, choose the best tools for their needs, and accept individual choices, promotes a supportive culture of learning. A wide variety of choices is critical to establish balance and acceptance for each learner's needs.

My students' physical movement enhances their learning and flexible seating provides them with the opportunity to move while engaged in active thinking.

Although my students are often moving around the classroom during our learning and transitions, they also engage in "seat work" that requires work at a table or desk, on the floor, or with technology. I respect their different learning styles and flexible seating allows for movement during the less physically active portions. Flexible seating also negates any stigma associated with wiggly bodies. I believe that it is developmentally appropriate for eight and nine-year-old children to be physically active and I choose to support their biological needs while meeting our learning objectives.

I appreciate your consideration and support of my students through Flexible Seating, Flexible Bodies, Flexible Minds.

Thank you.

Ms. Lisa Petrauschke
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 120 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ECR4Kids SitWell Adjustable Stool - Core Engagement/Active Sitting Stool with Adjustable Height, Eggplant • Amazon Business $69.99 5 $349.95
National Public Seating 6418H-CN Steel Stool with Vinyl Upholstered Seat Adjustable, 19"-27", Grey (Pack of 5) • Amazon Business $230.29 1 $230.29
Gardzen Kneeling Cushions - For Gardening, Baby Bath, Yoga, Pilates, Exercise, 3-Pack 16"x8"x1", Blue • Amazon Business $15.91 2 $31.82
Bouncy Chair Bands (3-Pack)-Fidget Resistance Chair Bands For Kids With Sensory Needs-Kicking Improves Concentration For Students With Autism ADHD SPD, For School Chairs Desk Classroom • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99

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