Our students are located in a part of the school district where there is more than 60% free and reduced lunch. There learning opportunities are significantly impaired do their economic standing. As such, our school really tries to enhance their experiences so they can build on their prior knowledge. In our school we have a resource room with a Special Education population that have adjusted learning objectives and many of those students benefit from a diverse practice of teaching and learning where we use a variety of modalities including hands on instructional opportunities. We service kids in our area in grades K-5. My room is the nucleus of the building where I both have constant classes but itś a welcoming environment where students frequently come work.
We are the midst of revamping our 40 year old library. We have a huge population of students who have special needs ranging from Autism to ADD/ADHD. These items allow them a place to take a break from a high sensory environment and revamp so they can focus and reconnect to learning . The seating provides students will the ability to manipulate their environment so students can take their mind off their discomfort and recharge to go back to learning. It will also provide them with a sustained place they can work if having a place to manipulate to their body helps them focus.
The area that these bean bag chairs will be in, will be open for use to the over 300 students in the school to give them a low sensory, high impact learning location.
The entire staff will be able to use the space at will to meet their students sensory needs to come and do their work. For instance, students in our resource room, sometimes have times where they are overloaded and can no longer work. They become frustrated and sometimes run out of the room or ask to go the nurse. This section of the library will allow a teacher or paraprofessional to come with the students work to take a break in the tent or lay/sit in a chair that can be manipulated to their body and make them feel safe. Kids with sensory issues do well in tight areas so the bean bag chairs would provide them with seating that can be conformed to their body.
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