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Help me give my students A classroom where kids can feel safe and build resilience. Living things in the classroom, a large rug for class meetings, and calming area all help reduce fight, flight, or freeze responses.
My classroom consists of 30 energetic, kind, and capable 4th graders who face unique challenges because of the struggling community in which they live.
My students are growing up in a community that is replete with extreme violence and drug issues, and studies have shown that "60% of children tested for lead in their blood," due to the toxic air they are breathing.
- PBS, Nova, Too Much Pollution in One Place, https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/too-much-pollution/
(Chester was also recently featured in Kamau Bell's United Shades of America, Toxic Cities episode addressing environmental racism.)
This is extremely important because lead poisoning in children has been shown to decrease IQ, slower response time, and create central auditory processing problems. It also increases word-finding difficulties, sequencing difficulties, and perceptual integration problems. Lead exposure has also causes behavioral concerns including hyperactivity, distractibility, impulsivity, disorganization, non-persistence, and even the inability to follow simple instructions. (26% of the students in the school have identified learning differences.)
Moreover, many of our students suffer from the effects of trauma.
Chester City is ranked the 2nd worst "murder capital" in the Country. Growing up in Chester, you have a 1 in 46 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime.
A room filled with calming colors, safe spaces, and mindfulness.
My goal is to create a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom where kids can feel safe and build resilience.
My classroom will be both a homeroom for 30 students and a math/science classroom for 30 more several times a day while my students go across the hall for language art and social studies. Setting up a comfortable safe educational space where kids have a spot to retreat and calm down is a priority.
As a teacher who practices Responsive Classroom methods to integrate social and emotional learning along with academics, having a comfortable rug for morning and closing classroom meetings is important. Additionally, studies have shown that having both plants and animals in classrooms positively impacts student stress levels and learning. Because the room will also be used to teach 4th-grade science, where PA standards revolve around the life cycles of animals and plants, the aquaponics tank in the classroom serves two purposes.
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|Unique Loom Chromatic Collection Abstract Modern Light Blue Area Rug (10' 6 x 16' 5) • Amazon Business||$285.85||1||$285.85|
|Back to the Roots Water Garden Betta Fish Aquaponic Ecosystem Science Kit for Kids with STEM Curriculum • Amazon Business||$134.99||1||$134.99|
|Sensory Pop-up Blackout Kids Play Tent for Boys and Girls- Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, SPD Gift-Large Indoor-Sensory Equipment • Amazon Business||$89.99||1||$89.99|
|Degrees of Comfort Weighted Blanket w/ 2 Duvet Covers for Hot & Cold Sleepers|Advanced Nano-Ceramic Beads Deliver Durability & Silky Comfort (36x48 5lbs, Blue/Grey) • Amazon Business||$55.99||1||$55.99|
|Calming Autism Sensory LED Light Projector Toy Relax Blue Night Music Projection • Amazon Business||$26.99||1||$26.99|
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