The students in our school come from a variety of economic and cultural backgrounds and are ethnically very diverse. A multitude of languages are spoken within our population of ELL students. All students have Art class and differentiation is a big part of what I do to meet students' varying needs. Part of our scheduling this year includes a block schedule 2 days per week. This means periods are 90 minutes in duration rather than 45 minutes. For kids who have a hard time sitting still, this provides them a solution and helps them stay focused and engaged in class.
We know kids need to move and being comfortable helps students focus on learning. I want them to have options in my classroom so their physical and learning needs are met. Some kids need to stand and take a break from sitting all day. Having a standing desk allows students this option. I have one standing desk now and it has been in high demand. I am really hoping to be able to offer one more so additional students can take turns and benefit from standing during class.
I have over 330 students so there are many different needs to be met!
Part of being a safe and comfortable space might mean settling back in a bean bag chair or large pillow while reading about a new artist, drawing in their sketchbook, or working with a partner. Many students will want the option of sitting in a WOBBLE chair which provides movement and stimulation to release excess energy. Middle School students don't get recess, and do not have Physical Education every day, so movement is a real physical need. The fidgets I am requesting are another way to meet their need for stimulation.
Today's classroom is not like that of our childhood. Flexibility is encouraged and recommended for students. We are always learning and growing as teachers so that our students can also learn and grow. With your help, we are supporting kids and making the classroom a safe and fun space where they want to learn.
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