As a teacher in a low-income school, my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Despite the many challenges they face, I am looking to keep things simple and provide my students with creative and meaningful learning experiences.
They like to move, they love to read and love lots of positive attention.
Many of them are being raised in single parent households and receive a free lunch based on their socioeconomic status. These things may prevent them from getting ahead early in life and may not provide them with the life experiences many of us see as "typical". From the minute they walk in the door of my classroom I focus on their potential and growth while they are with me. I may not be able to control their home lives, however, I can certainly control their experience during the school day. By doing this in a creative and positive way, I am hopeful to inspire even our earliest learners to continue on a path of academic excellence.
No one likes to sit in a hard uncomfortable chair for long. We need to move to keep our blood flowing and our brain working. Students shouldn't be expected to sit in a plastic chair for hours at a time while they are learning. They need to move, fidget, bounce, and be comfortable. Many classrooms are finding that flexible seating arrangements help students focus for longer periods of time. We need kneeling pads, balance ball chairs and other comfortable seating. I have spent a lot of time researching flexible seating and looking for the best options for my students. I have observed students within flexible seating classrooms and was amazed at the engagement and length of time-on-task compared to when students are seated in the traditional chairs that most of us remember from school. I would love to offer this opportunity to my students, and look forward to observing how their focus and learning will change due to this implementation. Thank you for your support in helping our classroom make these wonderfully innovative upgrades!
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