Our elementary school is a true community school. The 511 students at our school come from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, but they share a collective passion for learning. Many of our students have parents who attended our school when they were children, so our school is rich in traditions and collective stories. We also serve a large population of English Language Learners and refugees.
My classroom is a first and second grade, multi-age classroom, which serves as the inclusion classroom for a partner special education classroom.
This strong, child-centered model has allowed for a beautiful, diverse community to flourish within the larger school community. My students are all active collaborators in their own learning processes, and an outsider would not be able to distinguish first graders from second graders, or regular education students from students receiving special education services.
Currently, small group work in my classroom has to be completed on the floor, or a table which does not provide me adequate access to each student.
Our classroom could use a horseshoe table which will allow students to sit a little closer in proximity to me so I can more effectively engage them in learning, encourage them to stay focused an on -task, and help strengthen their learning.
A horseshoe table is well-suited for small group work, and will help me adequately ensure that all students are receiving the close teacher time they need. It will get us off the floor and provide students a comfortable space to read and work on small group math work.
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