My students are 9th graders in a large, urban neighborhood school. Almost all students come from low income households and are bilingual. They are part of a selective group of students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program. My students are curious and motivated to be successful in life. All of them aspire to attend college, many of them would be the first in their family to do so. Many of my students don't have role models in their personal lives that can guide them to be successful in college and challenging careers.
Therefore, in my classroom, I focus on skills that can help my students achieve their dreams.
Being reflective, thinkers, and communicators are some of the characteristics that the IB program hopes to build in students. The program also focuses on student growth. Our school is in the process of transitioning over to competency-based learning. This means we are moving in a direction of helping students personalize their learning in order to learn to their potential. Therefore, while mastery of skills is evaluated, growth, and reflection are also important criteria when determining the success of a student.
Ninth grade students often come in sleepy to morning classes, but are overflowing with energy in their afternoon classes. Teenagers are notorious for going to bed to late, and many of my students have to travel long distances on the bus to get to school. Therefore, they are waking up around 5 AM and arriving to school feeling rather tired. This can make it difficult to stay awake in class. Over my years of teaching, I have noticed that 9th graders have this wonderful ability to gather energy throughout the day. By their last two classes, they often are incredibly fidgety and sometimes find it difficult to settle down to learn.
I would love to experiment with these wobble chairs to see if they help keep my sleepyheads awake in the morning and help my afternoon Energizer bunnies release some of their energy.
I believe it will be very difficult to put your head down and try to nap if you are trying to balance on your seat. My afternoon classes are just more noisy with tapping and moving around from so many students. I believe these chairs could provide a more quiet outlet for some of their energy. I can already imagine which students will be running to class to be the ones to get the wobble chairs for that day.
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