“Mrs. D is our school mom!” I hear that phrase at least once a week. My classroom community has a family feel, and my students know that they are loved unconditionally.
Last school year, I was the proud teacher of 25 African-American second graders, who proudly exclaimed, “We are Black excellence!” during times of struggle, as well as triumph.
Through small group intervention and home-school connections, my students achieved exponential growth in the areas of mathematics and language arts. Most children achieved a year and a half’s growth in these subject areas.
As we approach the upcoming school year, I’m looking forward to looping with them next year and teaching them third grade. I’m excited about the possibility of transforming my room to prepare them for third grade, the year that they will have multiple district assessments, statewide standardized tests, and more academic rigor.
Flexible seating will allow my students to have choice throughout the school day. By having ownership of their classroom environment, they will know that they have a strong voice in their classroom community. Flexible seating will allow my students to choose where they work, allowing them to change their location and positions as needed. Instead of being in uncomfortable chairs all day, my students will be able to move, increase oxygen flow to their brains and become more alert and focused. Flexible seats will allow my students to work in pairs or small groups easily, increasing their communication. They will he encouraged to share space, thus building a positive classroom community and stronger peer relationships.
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