First grade is a huge jump for kids to make; they are going from play-based learning and figuring out how to be in school to the expectation of being able to sit in seats and work for longer periods of time on their math, reading, and writing. As these study and classroom skills develop, it is our job as teachers to encourage and support these young learners.
My students are a diverse group: learners who are diagnosed with special needs, those who are part of military families, and children with unstable home lives due to poverty or parents in jail.
100% of the students in my school qualify for free breakfast and many of them qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. It is my goal to make school a stable, dependable and loving place for them to come each day.
First Graders are good at many things: being kind, trying hard, and taking their learning to the next level. However, First Graders are NOT good at sitting still and making good choices about who to sit next to while sitting and listening to the teacher.
With this new carpet, students will be able to be better engaged with their learning, be purposefully sat next to others to help their comprehension, and they will have a comfier, more structured place to sit than just the ground!
First graders are so excited to be at school and it is important to me to show them that their teacher cares about them and what their learning environment looks like.
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