As each class begins, students come into the room looking for a place to set their materials and begin work. I have my students for 2 years while they are growing quickly, and they need a larger clean space intended for young adults doing important math work.
My classroom is in a small Northeast city in a wonderful community where half of the students walk or bike to school.
About half of our kids get free or reduced lunch, and about one-third are ELL students. The population is very diverse, and the required work has made us all better teachers.
My students come to me as 6th graders, 10, 11 or 12 years old, and leave 2 years later. They change so much over those two years! I'd like to have clean, appropriately sized furniture for the work we're asking these students to do.
Currently, my students' desks are aren't big enough for an open notebook and a worksheet. These young mathematicians are being asked to do middle school math work on elementary school-sized desks.
Wobbly, uneven desks with tops that slam and trays that hold trash make for distractions each day. Larger, clean desks will match the more mature work we're asking of these students. Students will be able to work in pairs on a level surface for all of the work done in a middle school math classroom.
Imagine being asked to accomplish 3 or 4 goals in 50 minutes.
Now imagine you and 20 other people are in a room working on small desks, all at different heights. The desks are shifting, some are rocking back and forth, most are over-crowded preventing you from spreading out your materials. This can be very difficult for students who may hyper-focus on imperfections or noises caused by the desks.
Clean, sturdy desks will allow my students to work to their full potential.
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