My students are an incredibly diverse group and a joy to teach. Some were born and raised in the neighborhood where my school is located; others only recently arrived in this country. There is a rich variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds represented in my class, and more than half of my students are English language learners. Despite the struggles many of them face (over 90% are considered low income) they all come to school excited to learn. They are dynamic, enthusiastic learners who LOVE math.
My students spend the majority of their time working in groups, and they are great collaborators who thrive on interaction in the classroom.
They ask questions, push each other to explain their thinking, debate solutions to problems, and ensure that everyone in the group is participating. They tackle problems with determination, persistence, and creativity. They keep detailed notes on problem-solving strategies and new concepts they've learned, and their responses demonstrate their originality and willingness to take intellectual risks. They aren't just learning math, they're becoming mathematicians. My students inspire me every day to be the best teacher I can possibly be!
This project is simple - my students need chairs! Last year we were very fortunate to have a set of almost-new trapezoid tables donated to our classrooms. This freed up a great deal of space in the room and allowed for much more flexible groupings of students in the room, and it had a huge positive impact on the dynamic in my classroom. The room became a more collaborative and student-friendly space.
However, we had to scrounge to find enough chairs to seat all of my students - and many of the ones we were able to find had missing feet, bent legs, and broken seats.
These chairs scrape into our floor each time students move, and although the students try their best to adjust the chairs gently, irreversible damage has been done to the wood in the floor. Additionally, the bent and broken chairs are quite uncomfortable to sit in, which makes it very difficult for some of my students to focus in class. We also have to stack all chairs at the end of the day to allow the janitors to clean, which is challenging when chairs are not uniform in size and shape.
The ergonomic chairs in this project will help my students maintain correct posture while they work at my tables. This will help them listen and focus better as well as contributing to their overall well-being. My homeroom students will have a much easier time stacking chairs at the end of the day and unstacking them in the morning, which will save time we can apply to the important work of our classroom - learning to be great mathematicians!
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