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My goal is to provide each and every student in my classroom a wide range of non traditional seating. The goal is to have multiple flexible seating options which can help increase student engagement and overall academic achievement.

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Fun Flexible Seating in First!

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School:
Frontier Elementary School 
Subject:
Language Arts 
Teacher:
Leah Ahearn 
Students Impacted:
18 
Grade:
Date:
July 22, 2019

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

Jeff DiPolito - $50.00

Michael DiPolito - $100.00

Shannon - $50.00

Janet Ahearn - $200.00

Melanie Lewandowski - $40.00

Leah Ahearn - $373.59

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Goal

My goal is to provide each and every student in my classroom a wide range of non traditional seating. The goal is to have multiple flexible seating options which can help increase student engagement and overall academic achievement.  

 

What will be done with my students

This grant would allow for my students to have the option between stability yoga balls, wobbly stools, wobbly cushions for either their chair or floor, and chair bands that go around the legs of a traditional chair. This choice of seating is something I would like to permanently implement on day one of the new 2019-2020 school year so that students can start becoming familiar with each option and find the one or ones that are right for them. Flexible seating has shown to be beneficial in a number of ways but in a first grade classroom where the students are required to master a lot of standards this type of seating can help the students get some movement in throughout their day which in turn helps them to focus and stay engaged on their tasks.
 

 

Benefits to my students

I am hopeful that this project will help foster a community of learners who take pride in their work and have ownership inside our classroom and school. Most often students are told what to do and how to do it in every part of their day. Flexible seating is a way to bring some ownership to the student. Together we will establish ground rules for the different types of seating and what you can do with each to ensure that they are used appropriately but after that the students will have the flexibility to choose their own spot each day. A spot that they feel like they will do their best work and be able to show off their learning. When you allow students some freedom in the classroom, I tend to see the best results because they feel like they have voice and are a partner in the process. This project would benefit my class of typically 18 to 20 students and a handful of other teachers that push into my classroom for extra support for students.  

 

Describe the Students

A typical first grade class at my school is very diverse. Most of our students come from families with low socioeconomic status. I have students that are ESE, as well as, ELLs. My class usually has a wide range of academic ability. Most need a lot of scaffolding, support and one -on-one or small group intervention to master each standard.  

 

Budget Narrative

Above is the total for the flexible seating options I would like to implement whole class. These items are sustainable from year to year.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Wobble stools x4 $44.99 $179.96
2 stability yoga ball chair x4 $64.99 $259.96
3 wobble cushions X 8 $19.99 $159.92
4 chair bands 1 pack $27.99 $27.99
5 Poly and Bark Trattoria kids stool (4 pack) x2 $185.76
  Total: $813.59

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