My School is a Title one school in Fresno, Ca. Our students come from a variety of different backgrounds with 100% of our students receiving free lunch. Our school is ethnically diverse with students speaking a multitude of languages including English, Spanish, Hindi, and Arabic. We have a 42% rate of homeless students, 8% of student live in foster care, 5% live in a shelter and 16% are living in a motel. As diverse as our students are economically and culturally, they are diverse in their academics. The 73 students that I work with daily are behind academically. Even with these statistics,our students walk into my classroom every day ready to learn and excited to be at school.
For many of my students, school is the only place that they feel safe and are fed a good breakfast, lunch and snacks.
Despite the many hardships, my students are eager to learn and want to do their best. They know that the deck is stacked against them, but they don’t let that stop them from pursuing their dreams.
I am working on converting my classroom to flexible seating with hopes to improve students' focus and allow them to choose how they learn best. I have a lot of students who like to fidget or move while they work, and regular chairs don't allow them to do that. Wobble chairs allow them to move around while they learn. I have noticed that students don’t like to sit in traditional chairs to do their work, opting instead for sitting on the floor or standing.
I want my students to choose seating based on where they learn best, and the wobble chairs would help them do that.
The Wobble chair strengthens core muscles and the rocking motion can be calming and organizing for the brain, which will help students pay attention.
A 2015 study by researchers at the University of California, Davis MIND Institute — an international research center that studies neurodevelopmental disorders — found that fidgeting for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may actually help them think.
“Parents and teachers shouldn't try to keep children still. Let them move while they are doing their work," Julie Schweitzer, director of the UC Davis ADHD Program and the study's senior author, said in a news release.
Classrooms need to adapt to how kids learn best. We all see the same things: kids wanting to stand or wanting to move around in their chairs. This gives them the opportunity to do that.
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