I teach a group of 27 fifth graders from many backgrounds. We are an incredibly diverse school situated just outside of Washington DC in Northern Virginia. Not only are their backgrounds and cultures very diverse, but so are their learning styles and abilities. I have 6 students that qualify for our gifted program, 6 former English learners, 1 ESOL student, 4 students reading below grade level, and 2 students that receive special education services
My students love of learning is what drives my teaching every day.
They love hands-on experiences and working together with others to achieve a common goal. We love to have rich academic conversations that move their thinking to a deeper level. They are full of passion, strength, humility, and little sass as well.
We are going flexible! This year I began the year with a few flexible seating options for my students, and they just can't get enough. The plan was to slowly integrate flex seating into my room over the next few years, but I think it would be so valuable for the group of the students I have this year.
Let's face it we're four weeks into school and some desks are already exploding with papers. The Langria cubes will help keep everything in its place and reduce stuffing everything in their desks. The Hokki stools and Gaiam Exercise balls will be exciting spots to get some wiggles out. The go anywhere chairs will be a perfect soft spot to park their bottoms when they choose to sit on the floor.
I can't wait to see these items in use in my classroom! The kids are going to be so excited to learn in a space that is best for them!
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