I teach intervention to kindergartners at the largest elementary school in Alabama. We are a Title I school, with a diverse population of nearly 1,400 students that consist specifically of 19% African American, 47% Caucasian, and 31% Hispanic. Many of my students are living below the poverty line, with 88% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch and 2% are classified as homeless.
Despite all odds, my students are eager to learn.
Kindergarten is many of my students first experience in school, and we aim to make it as amazing as possible. I have loved watching their knowledge along with their confidence grow this year.
I see 5 students from each of the 13 kindergarten classes daily, and those students change regularly. They come to me at a critical time, when they are close, but not yet meeting the benchmarks that their peers are. I strive to provide a warm environment where all students feel comfortable to learn.
Understandably, many students have a difficult time sitting still during our small group lessons. These Wobble Chairs will allow students to get their wiggles out while remaining engaged in our small group. My students will benefit greatly from these wobble seats because they love learning in their own unique ways.
Many of my students have ADHD, so it can be a challenge keeping students engaged in a small group lesson.
Many of these children with ADHD have decreased muscle tone or a constant need for movement-based sensory input that contributes to fidgeting, slouching or soreness, making it tough for them to engage in learning. Active seating corrects these problems by promoting slight movements and adjustments for the user while they sit. These movements keep the body more engaged, alleviating the negative effects of prolonged sitting.
Increasing engagement, stimulating creativity, fostering student-led conversations and improving overall concentration are all benefits of flexible seating.
I have seen how valuable it can be when students are given the choice and responsibility to be in charge of their own learning.
Please help me give the benefits of flexible seating to my classroom friends!
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