Stand and Learn! Alternative Seating for Effective Learning II
My students need a place to stand, work, and learn as we all function better in different, alternative, learning environments! We need lecterns as well as markers to write on our poster paper during group work.
Our school is a middle school of approximately 440 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. About 60% of our students receive free or reduced rate lunches. We estimate another 10% to be in similar need. At 30% Hispanic, 20% African American, and 50% Caucasian, we are very diverse.
As a Title I school, our financial resources are limited, and creativity within the classroom environment is essential to tap into each student's individual learning style.
Providing the best learning environment and classroom experiences have been my mission as science teacher over the last 12 years.
Like many of us adults we tend to learn and perform better in different work environments. Many students with high-energy levels need movement or at least the ability to stand, work, and learn in the classroom.
The podiums/ lecterns that you provide will enable a few students in each of my 8th grade science classes to stand and move while engaging in inquiry-based learning.
Such movement will often go a long way in preventing behavior issues from emerging during class as student energy can be spent in healthy, controlled ways.
The markers will help serve our needs as we do small group work writing down main ideas, thoughts, and concepts on poster paper on the walls of my room.
Your generosity will be greatly appreciated by our kinesthetic student learners for many years to come!
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