My Students Are Flexible But Their Furniture Isn't!
My students need an adjustable table for more desk space, wobble seats to keep them focused and comfortable while at their desk, and most importantly the convertible bench will add more seating to the library.
As a teacher in a low-income/high poverty school district, my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom.
My students call each other family, and when they walk in the room they call it their home.
They love to solve problems and work together. They teach me everyday that if you want to be the best, you have to try your best. They like to move, they love to read and love lots of positive attention. Many of them are being raised in single parent households and 98% of students at my school receive a free lunch based on their socioeconomic status. These things may prevent them from getting ahead early in life and may not provide them with the life experiences many of us see as "typical". From the minute they walk in the door of my classroom I focus on their potential and growth while they are with me. I may not be able to control their home lives, however, I can certainly control their experience during the school day.
My students call their classroom a home. However, it is hard to resemble a home with uncomfortable seats, fluorescent lighting, and desks that feel a little cramped. My students are most engaged when they get to work around the room either with their body sprawled out on the carpet or rocking in a rocker. As a teacher, even I can't focus when sitting in regular chairs. I catch myself folding up my legs or leaning in my chair. I want to show my students that its ok that they can't work in the same environment as another student and that as their teacher, I will work my hardest to give them what they need to succeed.
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