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Mrs. Griffin from Newport PA is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Today's Learner: Alternative Classroom Seating

My students need an alternative seating arrangement in the classroom using exercise chairs, bean bags, lap desks, bungee chairs, and a swivel office chair to create a more suitable environment for today's learner.

  • $636 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

As an educator serving a rural community, one of my greatest challenges is the vast spectrum of students with which I am presented at the start of every school year. Although I work with students who thrive within academic settings, I am also faced with influencing a substantial population of students to excel beyond the socioeconomic boundaries of living within an underserved community.

For me, teaching is like planting a seed in the boundless mind of a child.

In creating innovative approaches to classroom instruction, I establish a learning platform through which my students arrive to school eagerly anticipating the new twists to standardized curriculum that I have developed over the years. Most recently, I identified a need for alternative classroom seating among my student population.

Throughout my years as an educator, overcoming challenges unique to teaching students in the middle grades has encompassed assignments that include attention-grabbing “Do-Now” activities, engaging vocabulary assignments, and intriguing essay development that sparks student imagination.

My Project

According to Caroline Guardino and Elizabeth Fullerton's research, "Changing the classroom environment can increase academic engagement and decrease disruptive behavior." This project is geared toward creating an environment in which students are actively learning and working together to complete project-based assignments.

The problem with standard classroom is that the rows of rigid desks are no longer conducive to an educational setting.

An alternative seating arrangement of exercise balls, bean bag chairs, lap desks, and swivel office chair is much more advantageous to engaging today's learners.

While recently brainstorming on the development of a positive and flexible learning environment for my students, I realized that a majority of my students enjoy fidgeting during the completion of in-class assignments. Everyday, I open my classroom door to children who enter school like sponges, eager to absorb new information. It is my passion to offer these students a means of learning that expands their minds beyond pre-established boundaries. If a child can experience classroom learning in a comfortable and familiar environment that closely matches the comfort through which they are most efficient and productive, then I have achieved my goal. I truly believe that we can raise the funds necessary in adding alternative seating to my classroom to enhance the learning experience of each one of my students. Not only will alternative seating increase attentiveness, accountability, and academic curiosity among my students, but the initiative will inspire me to increase measures as an educator to continue raising the bar on creative and meaningful ways for children to learn new content daily.

Mrs. Griffin
Grades 6-8
Half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Posh 35" Bean Bag for Teens Adults & Children, Green and White • Amazon Business $55.55 3 $166.65
Honey-Can-Do TBL-03540 Portable Laptop Lap Desk with Handle, Mint, 23 L x 16 W x 2.5 H • Amazon Business $23.93 3 $71.79
LuxFit Exercise Ball Chair, Black • Amazon Business $69.95 1 $69.95
AmazonBasics Mid-Back Mesh Chair • Amazon Business $64.99 1 $64.99
REDCAMP Folding Bungee Web Chair for Teens Kids Adults,31x31.5x31.5 inches,White & Turquoise • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
Tufted Support Padded Boosted Cushion, Chocolate • Amazon Business $18.49 2 $36.98
Exercise Ball Base - 4 Piece - Balance Ball Stand for Workouts or Use As An Office Chair At Your Desk - Create a Pregnancy Seat For Birthing Exercises, Yoga, Pilates (4 Piece) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Wacces Professional Exercise, Stability and Yoga Ball for Fitness, Balance & Gym Workouts- Anti Burst - Quick Pump Included (Green, 75 cm) • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Set of 4 - Foam Kneeling Pads Garden Knee Mat / Gardening Seat Cushion • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99

Materials cost

$502.28

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.53

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$539.81

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$95.26

Total project goal

$635.07

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$635.07

8 Donors

-$610.07

Donations toward project cost

-$518.56

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$91.51

match offer

-$25.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$21.25

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$3.75

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$0.00

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