My students are in fourth grade and ranging in ages from 8-10. Our school has 52% low income, which makes it difficult for many to take part in hands on activities outside of school that would promote learning. As well, opportunities for field trips are hard for students who cannot afford to come along. This is why I want to bring the experience TO THE STUDENTS!
Walt Disney once said "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, & doing new things, because we're curious & curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
The most impactful learning is accomplished when students are surrounded by opportunities to soak in stimulating and hands-on information.
Stress is the body’s reaction to a challenge. Though stress is often perceived as bad, it can actually be good in some respects. The right kind of stress can sharpen the mind and reflexes. It might be able to help the body perform better. (Dr. Melissa Cohen)
Children need to move.
Flexible seating allows them to wobble, rock, bounce, lean or stand, which increases oxygen flow to the brain, blood flow, and core strength. In turn, this burns more calories and increases metabolism. It also helps keep young minds more alert and focused. I'm requesting eight Flex-Space Balance Ball Seats to give my students movement while sitting.
It’s no surprise that physical activity is linked to higher academic performance, better health, and improved behavior. An academic paper by Matthew T. Mahar, et al, found 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, too. Many of my students come from homeless families in need of stress relief.
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