Help me give my students the option to move while they sit at a desk on a Wobble Chair and a chance to take a break at our Math Play table and work with the Magna-Tiles to create.
My students live in St. Louis County and a percentage come to the school from an inner city area. As a group, they represent a very diverse mix of socioeconomic backgrounds. These second-graders are inquisitive, innovative learners. They are extremely energetic and love to learn through hands-on methods and meaningful discussions.
Resilient, hard-working, and loving; my students approach life with a desire to enjoy every moment.
They are eager for any kind of challenge and oh so proud of the growth that they have made so far this year.
Each child in my classroom absolutely loves learning, although the method and environment in which they learn best vary greatly. We incorporate a variety of learning strategies, group work, and alternative seating and learning options to ensure that each student's needs are met, right where they are! They are an incredible group, and I am blessed each day through them.
Movement primes the brain for learning and I have found that second-graders need to move in order to do their best work. In my classroom, we have flexible seating to help children move throughout the day. Flexible seating allows students to take charge of their needs and make the choices that work best for their learning. We also have a Math Play table which is an area allowing children unstructured time with math manipulatives such as Magna-tiles. During independent work times, children may take a brief break from their learning at the Math Play table and they may also choose a flexible seating location in the classroom that works for them. Currently, my students are choosing to work in a variety of locations in our room such as: at different tables, bean bag chairs, Yoga balls, and Wobble Chairs. Making sure students are comfortable is an essential component in motivating them. When they are able to take brief breaks and given a choice in their seating and are comfortable they are able to get more work completed than when they are just sitting for prolonged periods of time at their desk.
My students are noticeably more engaged in their work and less disruptive of their peers when they are able to take a break, move and choose where they will work.
Most recently I added Wobble Chairs as a seating choice in our classroom and these have shown themselves to be a good fit for the majority of my students. They are able to sit at a desk or table and spread out their work while their body is moving on the seat. The movement primes their brain for learning.
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|Active Kids Chair – Wobble Chair Pre-School - Elementary School - Age Range 3-7y – Grades K-1-2 - 14" High – Flexible Seating Classroom - Helps ADD/ADHD - Corrects Posture - Blue • Amazon Business||$53.99||6||$323.94|
|Magna-Tiles 32-Piece Clear Colors Set – The Original, Award-Winning Magnetic Building Tiles – Creativity and Educational – STEM Approved • Amazon Business||$49.99||1||$49.99|
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