I teach in an awesome school system with so much potential. We have a mixture of students that live in the suburbs and open-enrollment students from the city. Students come ready to learn; however, they are not always provided with the resources to work to their full potential, both at their homes and at our school due to lack of funding.
I have had the pleasure to house and educate the full-inclusion classroom that is filled with students with and without disabilities for five years now.
I co-teach with a general education teacher. Together we try to create differentiated, fun lessons that engage all students at all ability levels. We try to create an atmosphere that accepts student differences and embraces each and every one of their skill levels.
All of the students in our second grade come from diverse backgrounds and many different ability levels. As a team, we try to provide them with multi-modal learning opportunities to make sure we reach every student's needs.
In classrooms today, teachers and students alike encourage acceptance in each other for their differences and unique qualities. Many times this includes students that may have attention struggles. Some students cannot sit for longer periods of time in one space. Many classrooms today are focusing on a "flexible" arrangement which allows students to move throughout the daytime without being in trouble or even showing others they are different.
In my classroom, differences are accepted and appreciated in students.
Some students can really benefit from the movement created with seats such as wobble chairs and floor seating. The wobble chairs allow students to move without having to stand at their own seats. Usually in my room now, students like these particular ones, have desks in the back of the room to allow them to stand at their seats without being a distraction or in the way for instruction when using the projector. These chairs will greatly benefit these students who need to just get out those wiggles while learning!
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