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Mr. DeValk from Fort Collins CO is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Student Centered Seating: Using Differentiated Seating to Increase Engagement.

My students need a variety of seating options, such as various stools and an ottoman, to meet their sensory needs and create choices to enhance the learning environment.

  • $622 goal

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My Students

Our classroom is a mix of 9th-12th graders. We are at a high school that has adopted the full inclusion model for Special Education. The students in my classroom have a variety of Emotional Disabilities. They are amazing individuals that have many different abilities and talents that contribute to the positive, inclusive atmosphere at our school.

We are constantly working to differentiate and find appropriate materials that will support all of the abilities levels throughout our day.

The students in my classroom need a variety of supports from their teachers and para to find success in classrooms that aren't always conducive to their unique needs.

My Project

The benefits of flexible seating in the classroom are increased motivation, active engagement and improving core strength. I hope to implement unassigned flexible seating which is a drastic shift to a typical high school classroom. It will be a shift for staff and students in both structure and direct instruction. I believe that all students need to feel empowered about their learning and choice plays a crucial role in developing positive self-determination skills.

Something I have realized, when serving students with a variety of emotional disabilities, is that "typical" classroom strategies are not always effective.

Students who struggle to conform to the general education model often struggle to keep their emotions intact throughout their day. My hope is to explore differentiated seating when students are in my morning class and observe the impact it has on the rest of their school day.

Mr. DeValk
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 11 students.

2 donors have given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Learniture Adjustable-Height Active Learning Stool, Red, LNT-RIA3052RD-SO • Amazon Business $112.82 2 $225.64
Fat Catalog ALT-GNE-1003-SO Modern Industrial Square Metal Bar Stools, Black (Pack of 2) • Amazon Business $132.48 1 $132.48
Norwood Commercial Furniture 3-Leg Plastic Stack Stools w/ Aluminum Legs, Red/Orange/Green/Black, NOR-OAH1000AC (Pack of 4) • Amazon Business $56.78 1 $56.78
Sorbus Chevron Storage Ottoman Bench – Foldable/Collapsible with Lid Cover – Perfect Hassock, Foot Stool, Toy Storage Chest, and more (Large-Bench, Navy Blue) • Amazon Business $46.99 1 $46.99

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