Picture a group of kids who are growing up in homeless housing. That's my room. As one of the few states that guarantee family housing, our shelters are overflowing. The state has purchased temporary apartment housing near our school, and well over half of our population is in our area for a short, undetermined amount of time. With one hundred percent of our student body receiving free breakfast, lunch and snack, school is their safe place.
Despite obstacles that would be too much for many adults, they remain bright, funny, and fun-loving, and they really enjoy the safety and security that school brings.
Our school not only keeps the kids safe, but it's a place where learning comes alive and is so fun!
All year our class has marched ahead adding a little flexible seating here and there, piece by piece. I wanted to ensure that I had the pieces that students really loved.
As I make my way from a 4th-grade classroom to a 2nd, I'd love to set them up with STEAM tables that can be worked on during group work with and encourage collaboration with a younger group of students.
Students can design a science experiment, they can race each other to answer math sprints, and they can create TABLE SIZE notice and wonder charts for our reading program. Right now, there are NO tables in our room. Meaning, students are pretty much working on the floor. Adding these tables and stools will provide a place to work collaboratively in a highly engaging way.
I, myself, sit on a yoga ball chair, and am often found working at my standing desk - adults and students alike deserve a classroom space that reflects the diverse kind of learners they are and learning they are engaged in.
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