My classroom is a dynamic space where students share ideas and engage in rigorous academic discourse.
My 5th graders are eager learners, enthusiastic, and inquisitive about the world around them.
They absolutely deserve the best, but limited resources both at the school and in the community make it challenging to provide them with everything they need to be successful scholars. Approximately 80% of the students at my school are English learners, 20% newcomers to the country, and over 95% qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.
Have you ever had to sit through a long meeting or workshop? I have, and even when the material is highly engaging, it is extremely difficult to sit in a chair for a couple hours straight, let alone a whole work day. This is what it’s like for many students in school.
I work with small groups of students to differentiate instruction to meet their academic needs, and they need flexible seating options.
The chairs we use now for our small group instruction are hard, plastic ones that are too low for the table. Frankly, they are uncomfortable.
Our class currently has one exercise ball chair per group that they share. The students love these chairs, and I have seen how they help students focus as they move around in them. I would like for each group to have one more chair so that they can spend more time on them.
Providing flexible seating options, such as ball chairs, for my students will help them take determine how they like to learn best, whether it be in a traditional chair, standing, being on the rug, or using an exercise ball. Consequently, students will able to better focus on their work.
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