Many families at my school have been in the community for a long time. We have daughters and sons of former students, and long-time staff members who have stayed at this school site many years or who chose to come back after being away. Our school is a place families and staff choose to be! We have a growing population of newcomers to the country, which makes our identity increasingly textured and vibrant. Most of my incoming class of second-graders have been in the same class together since Kindergarten. They are well-connected to one another and often interact like siblings - one minute they are BFFs, next comes conflict! Through it all, my students are learning to build interpersonal skills to navigate the fluctuating demands of getting along with others.
My students are excited to learn and are constantly learning to build relationships with one another.
We give special attention to growing our classroom community and strive to be a welcoming place for all. My students have big hearts and look forward to the activities and connections with one another at school.
My classroom is filled with active learners. Like many classrooms, we spend time on the rug for lessons and instructions, then we go to our seats for independent seat work. People get up to move to another space, and students leave or enter the classroom at different moments of the day. The phone may ring, or a ball hits the window. These common, daily activities can be a distraction to us all, but it is momentary and we can get back to our work. However, some of my students have greater sensitivities to distractions and it is harder for some to get re-focused after a distraction. These same students may also have physical needs to use up their energy. They fidget, they fiddle, and there is not much space for them to burn their energy.
With these new materials, students will have the sensory stimulation or quiet that they need to improve focus and on-task behavior, resulting in increased work production.
Students don't have much control over their classroom environment. But, I believe that the products I have selected will help students make positive personal learning choices! The cushions will provide an option at the rug or a chair to get the wiggles out without bothering someone else. The ear muffs will block out distracting noises and provide those students comfort and a chance to successfully focus. The chair and desk bands give the opportunity to move while working, again without being a bother in someone else's space. We all have different learning needs, and these additions to our classroom can help all of us be more aware and sensitive to each other. Happier students do better at school!
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