In a dissent to a decision in support of segregation, Thurgood Marshall wrote, "We deal here with the right of all of our children, whatever their race, to an equal start in life and to an equal opportunity to reach their full potential as citizens." To do this, I am prepared to take up arms, my students' that is, and place into them every possible tool to facilitate learning.
Our classroom population demonstrates the beautiful diversity of San Francisco.
It is entirely comprised of immigrant families, or descendants of immigrants. Children representing a multitude of different countries and cultures (including Asia, Africa, Central and South America, as well as Western and Eastern Europe) come together in our room to share and learn together.
Some students read and write above grade level standards, yet many perform below it. Some have learning challenges, and some speak English as a second language. What they all have in common is that they are motivated, curious, and eager to learn.
We all know who wiggly children can get. In this year's class, there is a particularly high number of students who seemingly need to move some part of their body at all times. Much of this motion may be a response by the kids' bodies to achieve a feeling of calm. On the other hand, for those children who spend much of their free time reclining in front of a screen rather than outside being active, their bodies may not be as well adapted to sitting up for extended periods of time. If only there were ways to help kids if they needed to, to move the lower parts of their bodies while they are seated at their desks. Well, there are methods that can supplement the fidget bands that I added to the chairs in the classroom last fall.
By donating to this project, you will help me bring tools( stools, balance balls, and comfy floor seats) into the classroom that are designed and proven to enhance learning, concentration, and attentiveness.
Moreover, the fact that these tools remain below desk level helps to ensure that they will off fewer distractions to other students that items that might be placed on the tabletops.
By offering the children a variety of seating options, I believe that (1) they will be better able to stay seated and focused during time at their desks; (2) they can satisfy their bodies' need to move in order to remain calm in their seats; and (3) slowly help them develop the variety of skeletal muscles that may be poorly developed due to prolonged periods reclined in front of a screen. I know the kids want to learn; I just want to help them do so!
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