Maya Angelou so eloquently explained the symbiotic relationship I have with my students when she said, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
To be quite honest, I totally anticipated trying to make this type of an impact on my students but what I did NOT expect, was that they would touch me in this way.
I get the benefit of starting each day with excited hugs and stories of last night's video game escapades. As the day continues, my arms are lovingly stroked, albeit, like the family pet. "I love you's" never end and the stars in their eyes twinkle as they share with me something they've accomplished.
Our school is Title I so the majority of my students come from low socioeconomic backgrounds and over 75% of my students are English language learners. Although my students are considered "disadvantaged" based on many factors in their home lives, they do not know what that means. All they know is the joy they get from learning a new skill and how they feel when they are loved. That is all that matters.
All of the resources chosen for my classroom will be utilized to create a self-contained Action Based Learning (ABL) Lab where my students will have additional opportunities to incorporate kinesthetic movements into their learning experiences.
Utilizing Action Based Learning, my students will have greater success in the classroom both academically and behaviorally.
Cross-curricular teaching styles have always proven most effective when educating students. However, recent trends have shown very strong correlations between learning, behavior, and movement. I recently had the incredible opportunity to attend an ABL training where we learned that exercise fuels neurogenesis - the creation of new brain cells. Armed with this vital information, it is my responsibility to provide the best possible learning environment to shape the minds of my students.
Due to the language barrier the majority of my students face, I would be able to use this equipment to integrate physical motion while reinforcing the academic concepts they so desperately need. We will get our bodies moving while reviewing things we have learned, such as letter names, letter sounds, sight words, number recognition, etc. However, this equipment isn't only beneficial for my ELL students, it is profoundly important for each and every individual student. The playground balls can be used to recite math facts or spell sight words while working on coordination and locomotor skills. They can practice their spatial awareness and cognition skills by balancing on a Spooner Board while reciting their letter sounds. All of the items I have chosen will serve my students academically and physically.
|Gonge HILLTOPS • Amazon Business||$124.96||1||$124.96|
|Gonge RIVER SET of 6 • Amazon Business||$72.28||1||$72.28|
|Gonge Riverstones • Amazon Business||$65.13||1||$65.13|
|Z Athletic Gymnastics Roll-Up Balance Beam (Blue) • Amazon Business||$52.00||1||$52.00|
|Bouncy Chair Bands (12-Pack)-Fidget Resistance Chair Bands For Kids With Sensory Needs-Kicking Improves Concentration For Students With Autism ADHD SPD, For School Chairs Desk Classroom • Amazon Business||$24.87||2||$49.74|
|Spooner Boards Freestyle - Blue • Amazon Business||$44.99||1||$44.99|
|Yes4All Wooden Wobble Balance Board – Exercise Balance Stability Trainer 15.75 inch Diameter (Red Board) • Amazon Business||$21.99||2||$43.98|
|Spooner Boards Freestyle - Green • Amazon Business||$37.98||1||$37.98|
|Fat Brain Toys Teeter Popper, Blue • Amazon Business||$36.95||1||$36.95|
|Get Out! Deluxe Balance Board in Red – Wobble Training Tool for All Ages (Kid to Adult) Agility, Workout, Exercise • Amazon Business||$17.99||2||$35.98|
|Learning Carpets Hopscotch II Play Carpet • Amazon Business||$34.99||1||$34.99|
|SPRI Balance Pods, Set of 6 • Amazon Business||$34.32||1||$34.32|
|Kids Balance Board for Active Play - The Perfect Balance Board for Kids - Wobble Board / Blance Trainer • Amazon Business||$13.99||2||$27.98|
|Gonge Activity Rings Set of 6 • Amazon Business||$17.95||1||$17.95|
|6 Pack – Great Soft Grip Jump Ropes 8 ft. for Birthday Party Favors / Goodie Bags / Party giveaways (assorted colors) • Amazon Business||$16.33||1||$16.33|
|Faswin Indoor/Outdoor Agility Cones Sports Soccer Flexible Cone Sets, Assorted Colors, 24/Set • Amazon Business||$15.49||1||$15.49|
|8.5 Inch Playground Balls (Set of 4) with 1 Hand Pump • Amazon Business||$14.40||1||$14.40|
|Teenitor 12 rung Agility Ladder Speed ladder Training ladder for Soccer, Speed, Football Fitness Feet Training with Teenitor Carry Bag • Amazon Business||$13.99||1||$13.99|
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This classroom project was brought to life by Oklahoma City Thunder and 4 other donors.