I teach in a 3rd grade self contained classroom at a Title I rural school in Oklahoma. I have about 15-17 students on average. My students are energetic, loving, loyal, and friendly. In my classroom we create an environment that is safe for learning as well as engaging.
My students are mainly from low income families, but have a passion for coming to school and thriving despite their situations at home.
They show up and give me their best efforts, and I give them my best effort to teach and keep it engaging. I love my school and my students and would love for them to have opportunities to thrive even more in the classroom and grow as learners.
I would like for my students to have alternative seating options while working on their center work or collaborating with each other. Having these choices will allow students the ownership over their learning and behavior as well as working with their peers.
The collaboration that goes on during our center time and group work time is very valuable in learning the skills to communicate, work with others, and making decisions.
My students need to be able to move about and sit in other areas of our classroom as well as be comfortable and still engaged in their learning.
I plan to purchase several types of alternative seating, such as wobble cushions, wobble chairs, floor rocker chairs, inflatable seats, lap desks, etc. so that my students have the ability to sit where they choose but are still able to focus and work. Having a choice helps with ownership and allows the students to feel empowered to make their own decisions about seating.
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