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Mrs. Ubinas from Des Moines IA is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Ms. U's Classroom

My students need the chair bands and flexible seating options to keep their bodies moving while keeping them on task.

  • $428 goal

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My Students

As a first year special education teacher I am excited to meet and work with my middle school students! I will be working in a self-contained Special Education classroom. Students in my class come from many backgrounds and life experiences. With over 20 nationalities represented in our school, we strive to meet the needs of all students.

We pride ourselves in our diversity and encourage student's cultures but recognize the challenges and obstacles we must overcome to ensure students are receiving the best education possible.

My Project

My goal for this year is to create an environment were students feel valued and comfortable in their classroom. To foster this type of environment I want to create a calm and nurturing classroom were every student feels comfortable to try, fail and grow. I'm hoping to take my standard classroom and make it a place were students can come in every day ready to take on new challenges and overcome their obstacles.

The flexible seating, like the wobble cushion will give students options to move in their desk while helping them focus or provide a sensory outlet.

Another form of movement that will be used will be the chair bands. Chair bands have been shown to help students that fidget or are impulsive become focused. In self-contained settings students can become frustrated or overwhelmed. Research shows that having a cool off area helps students get back on track. The Big Joe beanbag chair will be used as a place were students can take a moment to gather their thoughts and practice coping techniques. This area will be instrumental in helping students return to their work successfully. The rug will serve as another form of flexible seating. Students will be able to leave their desks and work on the carpet as a more comfortable location.

To help the classroom feel like a relaxing environment, the string lights and table lamp will be used as alternative lighting to contrast the bright fluorescent lights. Florescent lighting can be harsh and can make it difficult to learn/work.

The classroom set of headphones will help us use multi-media as we explore literacy and social studies. The buzzers will help the students work in groups for class discussions and reviewing of materials. The games will be used during our social skills time.

Mrs. Ubinas
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 12 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Big Joe Dorm Bean Bag Chair, Stretch Limo Black • Amazon Business $41.99 1 $41.99
Airsspu Air Stability Wobble Cushion,Exercise Balance Stability Disc with Hand Pump,Kids Wiggle Seat,Flexible Seating Classroom(Office & Home & Classroom) • Amazon Business $13.99 3 $41.97
SmithOutlet 10 Pack Over the Head Low Cost Headphones • Amazon Business $38.99 1 $38.99
Ottomanson Paterson Collection Contemporary Moroccan Trellis Design Lattice Area Rug, 5'3 x 7'0, Grey • Amazon Business $35.63 1 $35.63
50Ft G40 Globe String Lights with Clear Bulbs for Indoor/Outdoor Commercial Decor, Outdoor String Lights for Patio Backyard Pergola Market Cafe Bistro Garden Porch Pool Umbrella Tents Decks, Black • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
Chair Bands for Kids with Fidgety Feet :: Fidget Bands for School Classroom Chairs, Ideal for ADHD, Autism, Hyperactivity :: 20" x 2" x 3/64", Affordable Alternative to Bouncy Bands • Amazon Business $27.97 1 $27.97
Mindfulness Matters: The game that uses mindfulness skills to improve coping in everyday life • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Collins Come In We Are Awesome Canvas Banner • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Learning Resources Answer Buzzers, Set of 4 • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Learning Resources Conversation Cubes • Amazon Business $12.19 1 $12.19
Simple Designs LT2013-BWN Sand Nickel Mini Basic Table Lamp with Fabric Shade, Brown • Amazon Business $11.87 1 $11.87
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 10-Pack Case of Colors, Non-Toxic, Assorted Colors, 2-Ounce Cans, Ages 2 and up, (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
5-Year DOP - Furniture Plan ($0-50) • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96

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