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Every morning I am greeted at my door with an overwhelming energy and enthusiasm from my students. Millions of stories are being told with much animation from adventures of the night before or the adventurous weekend. Many students have families who work in agriculture, so several of these stories involve helping drive a beat truck or helping move pipe. They have a seat and are attentive and ready to hear what the day holds. They hit the ground running at full speed, putting in their best effort at each task given. Many of my students put in more work than others. A high percentage of my class are English Language Learners. Many have a love for reading, but struggle to develop the skills necessary to read successfully on their own. While struggling to read, many students struggle to come to school with weather appropriate clothing or come with worries that many adults couldn't handle. With broken homes and low income, my students come with high hopes of a great day, high expectations of themselves and high level of love for others.
My project is the start of the implementation of flexible seating in my classroom. Flexible seating may look like a thing for fun and games but there is so much more to it! By offering several different options of where a student can choose to do their learning, allows them to be comfortable and to take ownership in their learning. When a child is comfortable they are more able to put their focus on completing their work instead of their discomfort. The wobble seats and balance balls that I am asking for offer movement that a traditional chair and desk do not. When students are allowed to move when and how they need to, it decreases the time spent off task and disruptive behavior that affects the rest of the class. With this movement it also increases the flow of oxygen to the brain, thus keeping their minds alert and focused. By getting rid of traditional desks and chairs, students break down the barrier between them. This increases a sense of community and teaches them the importance of sharing and how to take turns.