My students need desks for their classroom to meet the basic needs of an effective learning environment.
Six months ago, Hurricane Harvey ravished our community wiping out 80% of homes and several campuses in our school district. More than half of my students' homes were flooded with several families from my class displaced even after months of rebuilding. My campus was one of the schools flooded, and unfortunately, we lost our classroom before we had a chance to start the first day of school. Thankfully, a local church stepped up and made arrangements with our school district to house our students.
My first graders have had plenty to complain about not only losing their homes but their school as well.
But being the resilient and positive little people they are, they have adapted to having school in a church, having daily sack breakfasts on the gym floor, tiny classrooms, lack of books and resources, and several schedule and transportation adjustments throughout the year. Not only have they adapted, they have done so with a smile on their face and a willingness to go along happily with the unorthodox school setting.
Really, they have taught me more than I could ever teach them about resiliency, staying positive, and making the best out of a bad situation.
Some things in life are expected and are often taken for granted. It is not until we don't have them that we appreciate what we normally overlook. The first thing you would see when walking into a classroom are student desks. How very unusual to have them missing. Such is the case when our school was hit and flooded by Hurricane Harvey.
Sure, students in my classroom are often found working independently on a carpet or in a small group in the corner.
But student desks are like their "home base", a place where they feel at home in the classroom. The student desk is a representation of learning and growth and is the specific location where children create, debate, discuss, question, and make connections.
Having student desks will lay the physical foundation for learning, provide children with a sense of ownership of the classroom, and create an environment of normalcy after experiencing the devastation of losing our school.
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|Virco Adjustable-Height Open-Front Laminate Top Student Desk Medium Oak/Black • Quill.com||$62.09||22||$1,365.98|
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