Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. —Benjamin Franklin
My students love to learn.
All of my students qualify for free lunch along with a majority of the school. My school is a kindergarten through eighth grade school, and my students are in sixth through eighth grade.
My students require Special Education services for a majority of the school day, so they are in a self-contained classroom for students with intellectual disabilities. My students have intellectual disabilities, and we practice life skills daily. We work on functional academic skills and vocational skills.
My students are beginning their transition into high school, and then adulthood. Middle school is a pivotal time with so many skills to learn and a limited amount of time. Our life skills lessons blend academic, daily living, and personal/social skills together.
Every student in our class requires special education. It is common for our students, especially our students with ADHD, to have difficulty maintaining their focus during class. There are times when the students are experiencing hyperactivity and the classroom staff helps the students with strategies to get themselves focused and ready to learn again. Taking walks will sometimes help the students. We also have some fidget toys that we can try using. Sometimes, that is not enough. Another strategy we could use is to give the students brain puzzles. These puzzles are effective tools for helping improve the brain of the students, including our students with ADHD.
I currently have two brain puzzles that I use to help the students regain their focus, but doing the same two puzzles over and over will lose its effectiveness, especially when we have students in our classroom for 2-4 years.
This project is to get some additional brain puzzle resources and a place to store these materials. In addition to the puzzles, the shelf and mobile compartment will give us additional classroom storage space to hold all of these materials. This will be our sensory shelf to place all of our current and new sensory related materials. These materials help the students with their health and wellness in the classroom.
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