My students are inquisitive and active. They love to learn through exploration and by building and creating. They spend time at recess watching ant colonies interact and collecting samples of seeds. My students love to learn and are still excited and curious about the world around them. They bring intellectual challenges and questions to group discussions.
My students challenge me to create learning situations that use hands-on experiences and creativity.
I work at a very diverse, urban school in the heart of New Mexico. My students come to school with a lot of cultural knowledge - Pueblo understandings, Mexican customs, Hispanic traditions, Immigrant stories, and tales of White railroad workers. My school is unique in that it boarders a variety of neighborhoods, creating a wonderfully mixed population. We have students who live in hotels, trailers, apartments, and large single-family homes.
My students come to school everyday with something new to share and I feel lucky to work at such a diverse school! I have so much to learn from my students!
One of my year-long goals is to help students become independent learners. By giving students a variety of seating options, this will help them make choices in their learning. Offering choices will help them develop responsibility and build self-awareness about what works to make them productive. I always encourage my students to work where they feel most comfortable and where they will be able to stay on task. Often many choose to lay on the floor, stand next to their desk, or sit in the library area.
I have noticed that students seem to take charge of their learning more readily when they are given choices not only in academic work but in their work space.
The tables and stools that I have selected will offer another choice for students to work. I recently visited a number of elementary school classrooms with this seating option and was thrilled to see how engaged students were at tall tables and stools. In the classes that I visited, teachers reported that students would choose the best option for their bodies and they noticed increased productivity. I believe this taller option will be good for my very active students in that it will allow students to engage different muscles while working. I wish to provide this as possible choice so students can learn about themselves as well as increase their productivity, focus, and independence.
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