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Ms. Rumsey from Takoma Park MD is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Flexible-Seating to Promote a Student-Centered Classroom

Help me give my students a classroom that fosters choice, independence, flexibility and movement!

  • $1,054 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach in a classroom full of 28 kind, goal-oriented, animated and eager fourth-grade learners! At my school, we celebrate the diversity of our students' ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. My students focus their time on furthering academic development, exploring innovative ideas, building upon communication skills, and developing independence.

We value inclusivity and strive to build a strong sense of community in our classroom.

It is important that my students feel welcomed, safe, happy and heard. My students are becoming more self-aware of their wants and needs; therefore, I want to ensure they are given the opportunity to take ownership of their learning. Strong community is encouraged through weekly community meetings, opportunities for meaningful choice, and a broadened sense of responsibility. My students consistently take responsibility through running class meetings, completing assigned class jobs, and making responsible decisions.

My Project

The learning environment is an integral part of the whole educational experience. My classroom is self-contained, meaning the majority of my students are in the same room for most of their day. Being 4th graders, my students crave an environment in which they can fully interact and engage with their peers. My goal for this flexible seating project is to create a space which is personalized to my students’ needs, where they feel they have ownership of their learning and where they feel comfortable to learn best!

As modern learners, a fully immersed flexible seating environment will greatly impact their abilities to utilize the classroom in the unique ways they need to be successful.

The products I have selected for this project will enhance my students’ learning experiences by providing them with a wide variety of seating options to responsibly choose from. I have included counter-height stools for students who prefer working at high table tops, wobble stools for students who need to fidget or move in order to concentrate, floor cushions for students who work best sitting cross-legged on the floor, file crates to make comfortable, cushioned seats and book shelves to store students’ belongings (since we are, hopefully, getting rid of our traditional desks)!

Flexible seating is about more than just including an assortment of different, fun seats for students. It’s about utilizing student voice, creating a sense of ownership, strengthening collaborative learning, and prioritizing students’ needs regarding the environment in which they learn. Your donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping our classroom grow!

Ms. Rumsey
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Kore Wobble Chair - Flexible Seating Stool for Classroom, Elementary School, ADD/ADHD - Made in USA - Junior- Age 8-9, Grade 3-4, Black (16in) • Amazon Business $59.99 4 $239.96
ClosetMaid 4583 Decorative Open Back 8-Cube Storage Organizer, White • Amazon Business $95.74 2 $191.48
Flash Furniture 4 Pk. 30'' High Backless White Metal Indoor-Outdoor Barstool with Square Seat • Amazon Business $145.44 1 $145.44
Pillow Perfect Indoor/Outdoor Fresco Wicker Seat Cushion, Black, Set of 2 • Amazon Business $40.99 2 $81.98
Pillow Perfect Outdoor | Indoor Swaying Palms Capri Wicker Loveseat Cushion, Blue, 44 X 19 X 5 • Amazon Business $54.39 1 $54.39
Pillow Perfect Outdoor New Geo Wicker Seat Cushion, Black/White, Set of 2 • Amazon Business $48.99 1 $48.99
Sterilite 16939006 File Crate, Black, 6-Pack • Amazon Business $42.91 1 $42.91

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