My students need two tables, two Wobble Chairs, and six balance balls to increase engagement and reading stamina.
Working in a low socioeconomic community with high levels of poverty, my students come to school to find a feeling of safety and belonging. My students learning needs are wide and varied. Many students come from difficult home lives or simply do not have the means to support academic learning at home. Despite these challenges our students are bright, funny, compassionate, and creative individuals who deserve the same world-class education as every other child. Our students receive significantly less in funding than in neighboring towns and I am seeking resources to help provide equality in educational experiences. All children deserve a great education and I want to give my students the absolute best!
In my classroom, I strive to give every learner what they need to meet their different learning needs and styles. Just like adults, kids learn and work best in different environments. This is why I want to create alternative seating choices in my classroom. Students will have the choice of sitting at floor height tables, standing, sitting on balance balls, sitting on wobble chairs, or sprawling out on the carpet. Research has shown that having choice in their seating allows students to work for longer periods without interruption, stay more engaged in independent reading, and participate in discussions more frequently. For my special education students and students with ADHD, these different seating options allow them the opportunity for movement while still attending to task. Rather than assuming that all students work well at desks and chairs, alternative seating choices allow students to understand themselves as learners and choose where they can do their best learning. This creates responsible, independent learners and provides an environment that respects the needs of all learners.
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