Help me give my students flexible seating for an even more productive class!
Greenville Middle Academy is located just outside downtown Greenville, South Carolina and serves a unique population. While Greenville County Schools zone students for certain schools, Greenville Middle Academy is a magnet school for Traditional and Global Studies which emphasizes the use of world languages and literature throughout the school day. The students zoned and the students who apply to the magnet program have very different demographics and socioeconomic circumstances. The 87 staff members at GMA serve a population of majority free and reduced lunch status. The school leads the way with the top writing scores on the SC READY test.
We already use flexible seating in our classroom with a few different seating options and my students productivity has already increased as well as supported the researched based methods of student choice in the classroom.
Research shows that students who have the option to sit on a cushion, stand while studying, use a busy band (occupies the feet for tapping/movement), or use an exercise ball as a seat (that allows small movements, rolls, or slight bounce) have greater capacity to learn in class due to their physical needs being met.
We would like to provide students an option in the classroom to move and be active, or assist their need to use of movement to aid their learning by providing a seating option other than a desk. We are asking for wobble stools and yoga balls because these two items are the two "favorites" of students. With students having the option to choose their seating type in class, they enjoy using items that meet their physical need to move and wobble which both of these items serve students in this way.
Students need more flexible seating options in middle school to allow for the different types of needs students have in the classroom.
I would like to support an environment of learning that allows students need to be fulfilled as well as provide a student voice and choice in the classroom on a daily basis.
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|Learniture Active Learning Chair/ Stool, 20" H, Black, LNT-3046-20BK • Amazon Business||$56.36||6||$338.16|
|JBM Exercise Yoga Ball with Free Air Pump (4 Sizes 5 Colors) 400 lbs Anti-Burst Slip-Resistant Yoga Balance Stability Swiss Ball for Fitness Exercise Training Core Strength (Silver, 70cm-75cm) • Amazon Business||$10.79||4||$43.16|
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