I teach in an urban public school with almost 1,000 students. The students in our school come from very diverse backgrounds and cultures. There are over 15 different languages spoken in the homes of our students, including Spanish, Portuguese, Khmer, and Vietnamese. Over 60% of our students’ homes do not speak English as their primary language and 25% of our student population receives ESL services.
Our middle school is classified as a Title I school and over 80% of our students receive free or reduced-price lunch.
Our school is part of the District Reference Group "H," which is the second lowest socioeconomic level a school can be placed in.
Despite these economic barriers, our students strive for academic achievement. Our school community promotes our unique diversity and encourages students to reach their maximum learning potential.
Research shows that flexible seating in a classroom can increase motivation and engagement. The flexible seating options we currently have in our classroom have truly increased the engagement in our class. We currently have two flexible seating meeting lounges in the classroom. One lounge has 5 bean bag chairs and a coffee table and the other has ottoman cubes and a coffee table.
I am requesting a couch for the classroom in an effort to create a safe, comfortable environment where students feel connected and valued.
My students love completing activities in our current flexible seating arrangements and a new couch will create an opportunity for more students to access a comfortable spot to work. This additional seating choice will be paired with previously funded items to create a comfortable work environment for my students. In this space students can read, annotate articles, complete research, collaborate on assignments, and much more!
I have already witnessed the positive impact that flexible seating has had in my classroom and I hope to provide my students with something they may have never seen in a classroom. Students access our meeting spaces on a daily basis and constantly talk about how much they enjoy our classroom setting. This project will help to provide my students with flexible seating options to personalize their learning experience and further develop a space where students feel comfortable, motivated, and connected.
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