My students, first and foremost, are someone's babies who I am entrusted with each and everyday, and I am so grateful to make an impact in their lives! They are a great group of young people, eager to learn with many great qualities. They are a diverse group, who have many different learning needs and styles.
Our school has a student population of 777 students, and we service grades 5-7.
We are one of 3 Middle schools in our district. We have the largest student population of the three middle schools.
Of the 777 students we service, 49.9% are high needs students. 39.1% of the population are economically disadvantaged, and our students with disabilities population is 18.9%. We also have 6.7% of students for whom English is not their first language.
Flexible seating has some many benefits. When students are given a simple choice of where they sit and with whom, they are more invested in their learning. Students need to move. When we prevent this, they become distracted or disruptive. When students have a choice of seating, they can collaborate and work together with others and feel like a community. We are requesting cushions, bean bag chairs, storage baskets and other items.
Comfortable students are calm students, calm students are focused and productive!
When students are not comfortable they fidget and become easily distracted or distracting. It is proven that when it is comfortable, you learn best. Why would we not want to give that to each and every one of our students?
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