Flexible Seating for Today's Students of Tomorrow's Future
My students need materials for a new flexible seating option in their therapy room. Flexible seating takes students out of traditional desks and gives them choices when it comes to where and how to learn.
My students are as beautifully diverse as the fish in the sea. Every day, I have the pleasure of working with students from every walk of life imaginable. As a speech-language pathologist in a low-income/high poverty school district, my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. For this reason, I feel it is my responsibility to make them feel safe, appreciated, and important.
It is my goal as an urban public school speech-language pathologist to foster and grow compassionate, confident, and intelligent humans who will bring greatness to the world.
I believe in their potential to achieve anything they set their minds to and I want to provide them with resources that prepare them for their bright futures. In order to do that, I need your help!
My students love to move, utilize technology, and vocalize their opinions. In order to motivate and inspire them, I need to provide them with adequate materials to grow. These students are the future. It is our job to make the future great.
Flexible seating is a choice provided to students that allows them to work around the room comfortably and focused. A classroom with flexible seating looks far from traditional. It offers students other options besides traditional desks. Basically, it accommodates and differentiates for all types of students.
Flexible seating has been proven to increase motivation and engagement in classrooms and it is my belief that it will greatly benefit my diverse group of students!
Some of the immediate benefits of flexible seating include 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. It's no surprise that physical activity is linked to higher academic performance, better health, and improved behavior. In fact, a paper by Matthew T. Mahar, finds 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."
Thank you so much for considering my project! It is my belief that it will greatly benefit my students in the coming years!
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