My second grade classroom is part of a small school nestled in the heart of the Berkshires. We have two classrooms per grade level, grades K-5. Our school encourages students to have a “never give up” attitude demonstrating grit in all that they do. 45.3% of our students come from economically disadvantaged homes. However, this doesn't stop them from doing amazing things!
My students are the most kind and compassionate group of students, who are eager to make the world a better place.
My students are creative, thoughtful, determined, and hard-working! They are full of questions and absolutely love hands-on learning experiences that allow them to show off their creativity and thinking. These students come to school enthusiastic and ready to learn each and every day. They are a true inspiration and an absolute joy to teach!
Our school prides itself on building a collaborative working environment where students are able to take academic and social risks. We believe that students of all abilities can learn, achieve, and be successful.
I use whiteboards daily in my small group instruction. These whiteboards take up space and need to be replaced every few years. My hope is that the Whiteboard/Markerboard Dry Erase Table will last longer, take up less space on my shelves, and will allow easier access to quick formative assessments in both reading and math.
My students are more engaged, productive, and collaborative when they are able to pick their own working space!
The students in my classroom utilize flexible seating options. While some students choose to work at their desk, many students prefer other seating options to complete their work. Upon entering my classroom you may find students sitting on yoga balls in our office space, on teacher-made crate seats at a small table, propped up on pillows on the floor, sitting in our circle area, or huddled around a small table. These colorful stools and lap desks will be an excellent addition to our other flexible seating options.
Flexible seating allows students to have choice, builds community, allows children to move, provides comfort, collaboration, and sensory input. These benefits have been linked to better behavior, less distractions, and increased motivation and engagement. Flexible seating improves core strength and posture and creates a better oxygen flow to the brain.
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