I teach the middle school aged MoCI (Moderate Cognitive Impairment) classroom at the Education Center within the ISD in our area. Students range from 11-16. While ages and grade levels are at that of middle school, their cognitive abilities put them at a pre-k to kindergarten level.
All students are eager and ready to learn, just at their own pace, and in their own way.
They know how to brighten anyone's day who they come in contact with and have made leaps and bounds in terms of their academic and functional gains over the years. They have made such a difference in my life over the past 4 years that I have had them, I just want to add to their learning experiences so I can make an even bigger difference for them and their lives.
Students with disabilities often can lose focus easily while working on a task. Flexible seating is a wonderful option to help them focus and retain information. I currently have 1 stool and one rocking chair in my classroom and I have seen a difference when my students take turns using those to do their work. When they are up moving around and in difference places within the room while doing work, their retention rate goes way up compared to when they are forced to sit in a normal chair at a normal table all day long.
Flexible seating options will not only assist in students retaining information, but it will also assist in functional life skills of taking turns, and finding things that work best for them.
My students get so excited when they get a turn to sit in a special seat and I would love to have more options for them, so they can enjoy that every day.
I have requested to get 2 wobble chairs, stools, lap desks, and exercise ball chair. My goal is to turn my classroom into a more functional space for flexible seating. I will be able to have stacks of the stools, as well as the wobble chairs and exercise balls for the students to use daily. I will be using the lap desks as a tool for them to write on while they are sitting in one of our comfy spots like a yoga mat or pillow. I have found a wonderful tool for keeping track of which student uses which flexible seating tool on a daily basis. This will teach them independence because they will be helping me with assigning tools. I will also use forms for students to self-assess their use of the tools.
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