The students in my classes are very loving children. Each one wanting to do his best; however, how that looks is very different. My classes are a combination of low, average, and high performing students. The low struggle but just want love and acceptance and help. The average carry the class, and the advanced don't want to get behind. Though I have multiple ranges of intellect in my room, no one wants to hinder the other from learning. This in itself is a struggle in maintaining a balance of comfort and safety among my students.
Everyone wants to feel safe to share their ideas with no ridicule.
As the year evolves, I implement activities to build community among my students, creating an environment that ridicules bullying instead. More and more students of every range reach out to one another building friendships across the room.
As this new year approaches, I want to create an environment that will draw my students in, inviting them to make their own choices and to focus on what truly matters to them. Through the use of tables and rolling chairs, I hope to give them a more flexible choice in their seating arrangements. Students learn better if they have more control in their learning and can focus because of a sense of comfort. When students feel empowered with choice and comfort, they center their attention on deeper thinking.
A 7th grader has a very short attention span, but finding that just perfect seat can help him focus just a little longer, allowing that good idea to come out.
Many of my students have a hard time taking ideas deeper, developing them, explaining them, discussing them. I hope that with the implementation of choice in seating, my students will be able to focus better and longer, creating a pocket of time that will encourage them to invent lasting thought.
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