My young learners are a vibrant group eager to persevere. They are scholars in search of opportunities to learn and grow.
Our class motto is a quote by Maya Angelou, "Nothing will work unless you do." It is through dedication and diligence that my scholars have been able to realize that their potential is endless.
I teach 1st through 3rd grade Special Day Class with Mild to Moderate Disabilities who have experienced learned helplessness by being told their disability impedes their learning. It is through encouragement and continuous motivations that they have changed their outlook and inspire one another to seek their inner grit.
Flexible seating allows students to become engaged by allowing them to make choices that work best for them. Currently my students are choosing to work in a variety of locations in our room such as: at different tables, sitting or laying on the floor with a clip board, or on wobble chairs throughout the room. Making sure students are comfortable is an essential component in motivating them. I have noticed amazing differences in my students when they are given a choice in their seating. They almost always make good choices about where they sit, are more engaged, and get more work completed than when they are just sitting at their desk.
My students are noticeably more engaged in their work and less disruptive of their peers when they are given a choice of where to work.
The reading bench that I have selected will help my students by giving them an additional seating option to make more effective learning choices which will further allow them to explore their new found love of reading. It will also be extremely beneficial for some students that just need to get the wiggles out. It can also be used as an alternative area to sort the books by the students interest or subject matter of study! The bench can be easily moved and used in many areas of the classroom as the students interest change and the classroom needs evolve.
I have seen how choice can positively affect my students work and demeanor and hope that the additional option will help us grow even more!
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