As a teacher in a low-income, Title I school, I see that my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Despite the many challenges they face, I am looking to keep things simple and provide my students with creative and meaningful learning experiences.
My students are extremely active, they love to learn, and are eager to please.
Many of them are being raised in single parent households and receive a free lunch based on their socioeconomic status. These things may prevent them from getting ahead early in life and may not provide them with the life experiences many of us see as "typical". My schools focus is “College for certain”. Here we focus on academic language, growth mindset, and learning in multiple, meaningful ways. From the minute they walk in the door of my classroom I focus on their potential and growth while they are with me.
I may not be able to control their home lives, however, I can certainly control their experience during the school day. By doing this in a creative and positive way, I am hopeful to inspire even our earliest learners to continue on a path of academic success.
My students need to move! My students like to move, and be comfortable while collaboratively learning. Our classroom environments should be conducive to open collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. I am firm believer in keeping the focus on what's really important to the students.
If student motivation and higher engagement is truly the desired end game, then we as teachers must adapt right along with our students in our classrooms.
The items I am seeking are different types of seating for students to sit in. These different seats allow my busy students to move at their seats, while focusing on their work, this allows students to feel successful and motivated. Choice seating such as ball chairs, wobble cushions and bouncy bands invites collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. Flexible seating also includes burning more calories, using up excess energy, improving metabolism, increased motivation and engagement, creating a better oxygen flow to the brain, and improving core strength and overall posture.
We have some flexible seating currently in our classroom, and are looking to increase the amount of seats so that ALL students have an opportunity to chose the right seat for them.
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