My students need access to flexible seating options that promote engagement, focus, and academic growth due to activity and better oxygen flow to the brain.
I am a second year teacher at a public elementary school in Salem, Oregon that caters to students of poverty. There are about 600 students within the school, and the majority of them live in poverty and all receive free breakfast and lunch at school. I teach an amazing blended class of twenty-two third and fourth grade students. My students come from diverse backgrounds and cultures and are comprised of English Language Learners, special needs students, and gifted and talented students. I also have students on Individualized Education Plans.
My students come from a high-needs background and, as a result, often are academically behind their peers from other areas of our city.
Within my class of both third and fourth graders, a factor that is preventing student growth and engagement is flexible seating options. Not only do I have students who face ADHD, but I serve a huge group that would benefit from seating options that include mobility and flexibility. My students love to learn and do not let the challenges they face on a daily basis prevent them from conquering trials, building resilience and community, and growing their thirst for knowledge.
"Do I have to sit at my desk?" A question I am faced with many times a day in my classroom where I serve a blended classroom of third and fourth graders. The diversity in my class is evident not only in the age and grade difference, but also in that of English Language Learners, transient students, TAG students, students on IEPs, and students who face other challenges such as ADHD.
I teach in a portable where seating and space is very limited so I utilize every opportunity I can to get students moving and energized to increase academic engagement and growth and minimize negative student behavior.
With very little physical space and working in a Title 1 school, this is an ever growing challenge.
These materials will make a difference in my students' learning and improve their school lives. They will have access to flexible seating options, be able to expend energy while continuing to learn, and remain engaged throughout entire lessons. The flexible seating options and bed risers will wither allow students to be more comfortable in their regular seating or to create standing desk options and the whiteboard clipboards will be utilized for students that need to move around the classroom to remain engaged. This will benefit not only my students who face ADHD, but all students as we work improve their academic and behavioral growth by accommodating their diverse learning styles.
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|Gaiam Kids Stay-N-Play Children's Inflatable Balance Ball Desk Chair With Stability Legs - Flexible Classroom Seating, Grey, 45cm • Amazon Business||$16.98||5||$84.90|
|ProSource Diameter Core Balance Cushion Exercise Disc Trainer Board with Pump, Grey, 14-Inch • Amazon Business||$11.81||5||$59.05|
|Clipboard Dry Erase Surface 9'' x 12.5'' Letter Size Low Profile Clip Whiteboard (Pack of 30) • Amazon Business||$44.95||1||$44.95|
|Home-it 5 to 6-inch Black Bed Riser ,4-pack • Amazon Business||$11.99||3||$35.97|
|Kick Bands Bouncy Desk Fidget Band - Improves Focus For School Kids and Classroom Students - ADHD ADD SPD Autism Sensory Needs - Bounce & Stretch Foot Band by Solace • Amazon Business||$14.99||2||$29.98|
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