I work in an inner city early childhood school. My students are an amazing group of kids. This year I have been blessed to have a very sweet bunch. We have "family meetings" to address any issues when, and if, they arise because our classroom is our school family. Each student has his or her own wonderfully vibrant and fun personality. This year I have several students diagnosed with ADHD. Some medicated and some not. They are very hard workers and come to school to do their very best but there are flexible seating can help with keeping them focused. They all bring something great to our community of learners.
All children in my classroom are enthusiastic to learn.
The methods and classroom environment in which they learn best vary greatly. I incorporate a variety of learning strategies, group work, and alternative seating and learning options to ensure that each student's needs are met, right where they are! They are truly an incredible group, and I am so lucky and thankful to have this group of learners that are excited and ready to learn each year!
Students need to have their basic needs met first before they can attempt academic tasks. Many times just having the option of releasing some energy like bouncing on a chair or stabilizing core muscles will do the trick too. My students need wobble chairs and ball chairs to help with the wiggles. They can pull them to their working area with me or at their table spot. I have and use yoga balls, sensory balls and DYI bounce seats but not all of my students like the bounce while they work. I borrowed a wobble chair from another classroom and the kids loved it. I even sat in it for some time to test it out.
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