My third-grade classroom is filled with a very diverse group of kiddos. These spirited youngsters keep this 24-year veteran teacher on her toes! One will often hear me say how I wish I had a pair of roller skates just to keep up with them.
These boys and girls love being at school, not only to learn but to engage with their peers and teachers.
They love opportunities to read, work, and play with each other or to get 1-1 time with me. I’ve never received so many hugs and “I’ll miss you!” before a winter break because they’ll miss me, miss school, miss their friends while away from their comfort zone here at school.
Between my homeroom class and my enrichment math class, I have many students with special needs. While many need additional math and reading assistance , I also have a large group of students with special social-emotional needs and accommodations. I’ve dedicated my career to doing the best for each child, to help them feel successful, and to help build them up from the inside out.
I’ve been doing my research and working with the occupational therapist at my school to better understand how to jump start flexible seating in my classroom. This veteran teacher must continue to learn how to best instruct and engage these ever-growing minds and bodies.
Flexible seating offers many opportunities for students to strengthen their mind and as well as their body.
Imagine students feeling empowered to make choices on where they get to work. Imagine students having the chance to collaborate with their peers on projects and build their community spirit. Imagine the student who struggles to stay in a desk has options to stand, stretch out of the floor, or use alternative seating to relieve their anxiety and feel comfortable and safe and be ready to learn.
I’m motivated to create this special environment for my students, and to help them develop positive experiences in my classroom setting. I look forward to seeing students engaged not only in their learning but with each other.
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