Have you ever met 45 eight and nine year old's who just love to learn? The students in my third grade ELA class are determined to become the best readers they can be! They do their very best to stay focused and use all the tools provided to help gain reading skills. These students also are very interested in taking risks in order to be lifelong learners!
It is my main goal to provide a safe, nurturing learning environment where learning can take place.
If I let the students know at least three things that are great about them and their skills throughout the day than I know that I am well on my way to creating this type of classroom climate. The students in this classroom are eager and excited when they show up for ELA. They are always asking questions and excited to discuss the possibilities that they will have in life if they do their very best at school.
In order for some children to do their best listening and learning they need a different type of seating in the classroom. There are a few students in my class who are such brilliant kids but really have little to no ability to sit still to listen. If they are able to bounce safely in their seats they would be able to pay attention to the lessons and retain much more information.
When instruction begins in ELA we usually read a story or have a discussion as a group.
The students who have trouble sitting still to listen to this part of the lesson are missing out on important information because they are distracted by doing things like rolling around on the floor, instead of sitting up and being an active participant. The other students also get distracted by these behaviors. The best way to get everyone participating is to start out with a comfortable flexible seating arrangement to meet all the needs of these fantastic learners!
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