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Ms. Thompson from Chicago IL is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Personalized Learning Environment: Flexible Seating for Fidgety Teens

My students need their classroom upgraded for a flexible, fun space that fits their needs and style and provides a positive learning environment. They need floor pillows, lap desks, and balance ball chairs.

  • $525 goal

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My Students

This project is for a co-taught math classroom for 7th and 8th graders. Students with disabilities are included in general education in our fully inclusive classroom, and all students engage in personalized learning to deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts. Our school has a diverse Latino population, and most students are bilingual in English and Spanish.

Our bright-minded students love personalized learning and the opportunities that flexible learning brings them!

By incorporating student choice and interests in our math class, students feel invested in the learning. Next stop? A classroom that fits their needs.

My Project

My students are fun, excited, and loving the way we are integrating personalized learning with mathematics. Currently, we have a traditional looking classroom with grouped desks and tables. I am looking to transform it into a more comfortable space for the kids.

Everyone knows that teens are always on the go, and why shouldn't their seating reflect that?

By having a more flexible learning environment, students have the chance to work in small groups, individually, or meet with a teacher in comfort and style. Students retain more when they are happy, and the flexible seating in this project would provide them with a calm, centered, place of learning. I am requesting new furniture (table, bean bag chairs and yoga ball chairs) and a rug to redo a portion of the classroom. The students can sit on cushions around the room and use whiteboards to show their work and work with a small group. For students choosing to stay in their seats, the chair bands will give them something to do with their always moving feet! Students can gather in the room or hallway in small groups working with the lap desks as a portable learning device. These items will make a difference in my student's lives by providing access to a comfortable and cooperative learning environment. Most of my students come from low-income households and travel long distances to make it to school every day. By having a comfortable and homey learning environment, students will be positively reinforced for coming to school.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Ms. Thompson
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Popular Handicrafts Large Ombre Mandala Round Hippie Floor Pillow - Cushion - Pouf Cover Bohemian Yoga Decor Floor Cushion Case - 32" Green • Amazon Business $11.99 9 $107.91
LapGear Essential Lap Desk - Aqua Sky (Fits upto 13.3" Laptop) • Amazon Business $9.99 9 $89.91
Gaiam Backless Balance Ball Chair - 52cm Stability Ball Home & Office Desk Chair with Inflation Pump, Green • Amazon Business $59.98 1 $59.98
Charles Leonard Dry Erase Lapboard Class Pack, Includes 12 each of Whiteboards, 2 Inch Felt Erasers and Black Dry Erase Markers (35036) • Amazon Business $17.84 2 $35.68
Ottomanson Paterson Collection Contemporary Moroccan Trellis Design Lattice Area Rug, 5'3"x7'0", Grey • Amazon Business $35.63 1 $35.63
Big Joe Dorm Bean Bag Chair, Stretch Limo Black • Amazon Business $29.88 1 $29.88
Convenience Concepts Designs2Go Small TV/Monitor Riser, Light Oak • Amazon Business $27.00 1 $27.00
Fidgeteez Set of 12 Chair Bands. Helps Improve Focus in the Classroom. Bounce or Stretch the Bands. Works for ADD, ADHD, Autism, and Sensory Needs. Silent and Non-Disruptive. • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99

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