My students need a circular area rug and a few sets of hacky sacks to help promote a sense of community within my classroom.
The students your donation would benefit are 7th and 8th grade students from a number of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, with a local population that is largely transient. The majority of our students receive free or reduced lunch, and have parents who work hard to make ends meet. As a result, many students lack resources to be able to purchase school supplies that many more privileged students take for granted, such as notebooks, binders, and pens. Your donation would help my middle school students to succeed!
After attending training on restorative practices within the classroom over the past week, I have been inspired and have considered several ways in which I can promote a sense of community in my classroom. One of the most important ideas of restorative practices is the importance of circles, which can be used in innumerable ways. Being a 7th and 8th grade teacher, it is rare that my classes come together as a community and bond as due to time and content constraints, we do not have "morning meeting" like the primary grades in our school. However, after my professional development, I now understand the importance of bonding as a community.
I have developed a new initiative for myself and my students for the rest of this school year and beyond--each of my classes will come together in a circle at least once a day in my room.
During our circles, there will be a focus question that each person (including me!) will be encouraged to answer. These circles can be silly or serious, but will help us get to know each other and foster a sense of community amongst my students. The benefits of this practice have been proven by the IIRP, especially in schools with transient populations and behavioral concerns. Restorative circles can promote student engagement through a sense of trust and belonging, increase student attendance, and leave students looking forward to school as a safe place and a sanctuary.
The hacky sacks are for a specific kind of circle called "group juggling." My students do not have recess or any opportunity to really move throughout the day. I am looking forward to integrating a fun and silly game into my weekly routine for each of my classes.
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|Unique Loom Solo Collection Charcoal 8 ft Round Area Rug (8' x 8') • Amazon Business||$128.46||1||$128.46|
|12 Assorted Emoji Kickball - Emoticon Hacky Sacks Party Kick Balls - Play Kreative TM • Amazon Business||$9.99||3||$29.97|
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