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  • $503 goal

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Ms. Mitchell
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households
  • 6 donors
  • $0 still needed

Flexible Seating for the 21st Century Classroom

My students need two Zenergy ball chairs, four cube seats, and one peanut balance ball.

My Students

This year I have the amazing opportunity to teach our first ever Social Thinking Model classroom.

We are a Title I school located in Navarre, Florida.

We currently serve grades 3-5.

Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) present unique educational programming challenges, due to their complex neurodevelopmental, social, and behavioral difficulties. Our Social Thinking classroom will focus on providing a continuum of support and services for the individualized need of all students across an array of functioning and grade levels. The Social Thinking Model Classroom was designed for students who have significant social skills deficits, which have thus far impacted their performance in a general education classroom. The students in the Social Thinking Model classrooms take The Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) and their instruction is aligned to the general education standards.

My Project

A flexible seating classroom is one in which traditional desk and chairs are replaced or supplemented with floor seating, standing tables, balance balls, and other comfortable seating options.

By providing my students with flexible seating I will be giving them the power of choice.

They do not have the option to avoid classroom assignments but they will have the option of where they will complete their work. They will feel more empowered and encouraged to take responsibility in their own education.

It is my goal to create a classroom that encourages open communication, collaboration, critical thinking, decision making, and creativity. By clearing my room of bulky furniture like desks, filing cabinets and tables, I will be making room for more movement and hands-on learning activities.

Mathew T. Maher completed a research paper ("Effects of a Classroom-Based Program on Physical Activity and On-Task Behavior".) and found that "Simple in-class activities can boost performance. Studies suggest that children who participate in short bouts of physical activity within the classroom have more on-task behavior, with the best improvement seen in students who are least on-task initially."

We are requesting two Zenergy ball chairs, four cube seats, and one peanut balance ball. With your generosity and my vision, I will be able to provide a 21st-Century learning environment for my students to excel no matter how diverse their learning styles may be.

Autism is seeing the world form a different angle.

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Major-Q LED (51012CU) Chair Shape Light, Rechargeable and Cordless Decorative Light with 16 RGB Colors and Remote Control • Amazon Business $66.32 2 $132.64
Safco Products 4750BL Zenergy Ball Chair, Black • Amazon Business $99.86 1 $99.86
Safco Products 4750BL Zenergy Ball Chair, Black • Amazon Business $99.86 1 $99.86
Otto & Ben [2 Piece Set] 15 inch Button Design Memory foam Seat Folding Storage Ottoman Bench with Faux Leather, Black • Amazon Business $38.88 1 $38.88
Gaiam Kids Peanut Balance Ball, Orange • Amazon Business $19.98 1 $19.98

Materials cost

$391.22

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.87

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$427.09

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$75.37

Total project goal

$502.46

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$502.46

5 Donors

-$402.46

Donations toward project cost

-$342.09

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$60.37

match offer

-$100.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$85.00

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$15.00

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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6 donors6 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 10 students.

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