My students are smart, strong young people. The district I work in serves students of diverse ethnic backgrounds and we are a title one low income school. My students and I are working together to ensure that they are all college ready in five years and ready for high school at the end of this year. Many of my students are trauma impacted and like most middle school students they are under a lot of stress to meet the demands of teachers, family members, and friends. I am striving to create a safe, trauma informed classroom that meets the needs of my students. I am hoping to provide positive outlets for my students to manage their distractions so that we can focus on learning reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. These tools will help create and maintain a positive classroom environment.
Middle school can be a rough time! Students are managing complex relationships with family and friends. They are dealing with stress, anxiety, and changing emotions and bodies. For these reasons I am striving to provide my students with tools that will allow them to focus on their class work. The basketball hoop will be a positive incentive for student behavior as well as a means of allowing students to take breaks in order to help them reset and get learning ready. The stools will provide outlets for students who need additional movement and the sensory tools will help my students manage their distractions and focus their attention on the day's lessons. The weighted lap pad will help students ease their anxieties. Ultimately, these items will help me assure that all students' needs are being met!
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