In our classroom community, our students' identities and needs are shared, honored and appreciated.
Our elementary school is a bilingual immersion magnet academy in metropolitan Portland, Oregon.
Approximately half the students come from Spanish-speaking homes and half from English-speaking homes. About 50 percent of the students are low-income, qualifying for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program. All of the kids are bused to school from around the district. Besides bilingualism, a major goal of the program is to promote intercultural understanding among the students. When students hear the stories of their peers they develop sensitivity and begin to see the commonalities in all our lives.
Students have diverse sensory needs. Traditional seating can be uncomfortable and can create unengaged students. Teaching a class full of alert individuals makes learning accessible to all. With flexible seating in the classroom, all students can learn. The stools, wobble cushions and balance balls will invite students to explore their various needs while learning.
Lets build those academic and physical muscles!
Alternative seats both activate core muscles and allow for more focus to be put on academics.
Flexible seating will activate total engagement throughout the school day. Students will leave each day eager to return the following day knowing they are a part of a flexible learning community.
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