Our school is a grade level building, housing only second and third graders. We have about 500 students between the ages of 7-9.
I teach in a Title I (low-income) school in Coldwater, Michigan.
We have a very diverse population, and our English Learner population is growing by leaps and bounds. Our district also has many students who have focus and attention issues. I have 26-30 very enthusiastic (and wiggly) second graders. We have high expectations for the these students, and these students are very hard workers.
As a second grade teacher, I don't sit at my desk all day. Why should I expect the same of these young children?
The goal of this project is to meet the sensory needs of the children in my classroom.
These chairs are meant to let children work off energy while still attending to a lesson.
Students now are getting less movement and more screen time. I blend instruction with frequent brain breaks and use movement to stimulate their minds and bodies. However, students still need to stimulate their senses during lessons, and the exercise balls would help with that because students will have to stay balanced.
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