My students need flexible seating options, such as stools and lap desks.
My students are a diverse group with a multitude of learning styles. They are constantly moving, constantly on the going and truly enjoy hands on learning. My class is centered around freedom of choice!
Thueydides once said, "The secret to happiness is freedom...and the secret to freedom is courage." This quote applies to my students and myself because students in my class have freedom which makes them excited and happy to come to school each day.
Their happiness and joy shows through in their work and effort put into work. However, it takes much courage on my part to give up the reins and allow the freedom of choice.
To me the happiness and desire to learn that shines through because of the freedom is more important than control!!!
This is my second year teaching! In all my studies, as well as during my first year of teaching, I learned that students flourish when they have the freedom to move around. Flexible seating means students change their seating weekly which helps build a sense of community throughout the classroom.
If a child cannot learn the way we teach perhaps we should teach them the way they are sure to learn!
I have requested a small table and foam knee pads to be used by 6 - 8 students as one seating option. The foam is easy to disinfect which is a must in an elementary school. The rugs and moveable shelves will be used to make a comfy reading corner for students. The other "chair options will give students a wide variety of choices throughout the year.
My second grade class typically host 22 to 24 seven year olds. Being that my classroom is a portable the room is very small. The crates, tension rods and comand hooks will be used to organize all materials that students will be using throughout the year.
I truly believe that diversity in the classroom is important and this includes the enviornment and way the students learn, not just the material they are learning. Having a well organized, flexible classroom truly aids in providing a diverse learning enviornment for all of my students.
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