As the 2018-2019 school year has progressed, I have learned a lot about the wonderful children in my classroom. The best way to describe my class of 21 first grade students is as curious, creative, and caring individuals that are always full of seemingly endless energy, love, and hugs!
In order to foster their individuality, my classroom is set up in a way that allows all of my students to have a choice in how they engage in their learning and extended their knowledge of mastered skills.
Whether they are creating drawings to help build their comprehension of literary and informational texts, or playing with "play" money to apply their understanding of important math concepts to solve real world problems, my students love coming to school and getting to learn new things every day.
It always warms my heart when they run up to me and say that they want to learn everything! My students are truly wonderful people, and they constantly inspire me to be just as excited and enthusiastic about learning as they are each and every day.
If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting a six year old, you know they are full of seemingly endless energy! My class of first graders is no exception. They love to run, jump, wiggle, and dance all day long and quite honestly this need for constant movement is essential to their learning!
One of the ways that I make my classroom environment work for my energizer bunny students is through the use of flexible seating.
Right now most of my students have access to a few flexible seating options, like rocker stools and rainbow cushions, during my Daily Five Reading and Daily Three Math rotations. My more wiggly students have access to wobble stools all day long. These tools have proven vital in ensuring that my students have the ability to utilize my classroom environment in a way that best fits their educational and sensory needs, as well as, be more engaged and productive during independent work time.
Through this project, I am hoping to increase the amount of flexible seating options available to my students, so they can continue to make choices that help them to be comfortable, motivated, and focused in their learning. Additionally, this project will allow me to purchase important resources that will help my students with fine motor skill deficiencies build important grip strength that will improve their penmanship and writing capabilities. My goal is to use this project to give my students the tools they need to learn in a way that embodies the phrase "The best me, I can be!"
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