My student population is generally from low income neighborhoods and most qualify for free or reduced price breakfast and lunch. Many of my students are second language learners. My students come to school every day full of enthusiasm! They are ready to learn and really give every activity their all. My class is diverse in the fact that about half of the the students get help from home from parents who can help. The other half of my students must rely on the school to help with tutoring, supplies etc.
My fifth graders have created new and creative ways to sit in their seats!
There's the tipper, who may go over at any time, the 1/2 off 1/2 on sitter, the slumper and the ever popular yoga position. No matter how many times I emphasize the proper way to sit in their seats, it does not happen. Fifth graders, maybe even more so then younger students, need to have the opportunity to move to settle their growing bodies.
My project is to have 6 Wobble chairs at our reading table for my fifth graders to use. Fifth graders sit at their desks A LOT! Even when they pair up with partners or work in groups, they still sit at desks. I would like to provide a flexible seating option for when students come over to our reading table. These stools would allow students to rock. This rocking motion is believed to increase blood flow to the brain and to keep students alert and focused. Studies show that uncomfortable students are unproductive students.
I would also like to use these stools as a flexible seating option once a week at the students desks.
We use Class Dojo in our room so students save up their points for prizes. I try to give out prizes that are free but fun. For example, I allow students to switch desks for the day and get a free homework pass. I would like to use these wobble stools as a Class Dojo prize choice. I know that the students would love to trade in their normal chair for a wobble stool to use for the day.
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