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The flexible classroom will be used as a way to engage students, help maintain even temperament and enhance learning through a comfortable environment, and promote student choice within the classroom. Students in self-contained classes often have much more extreme negative views of school than students who are in the regular education environment. These students require and deserve a class that feels warm and hospitable, allows them to retreat from their pre-existing notions about school, and will help them work on the challenges posed by their disability. The flexible seating arrangement will contribute to this greatly.

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CEC Mini-Grant: Distraction Derail

School:
Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Adrienne Hill 
Students Impacted:
218 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
October 27, 2021

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CEC - $248.81

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Goal

The flexible classroom will be used as a way to engage students, help maintain even temperament and enhance learning through a comfortable environment, and promote student choice within the classroom. Students in self-contained classes often have much more extreme negative views of school than students who are in the regular education environment. These students require and deserve a class that feels warm and hospitable, allows them to retreat from their pre-existing notions about school, and will help them work on the challenges posed by their disability. The flexible seating arrangement will contribute to this greatly.
 

 

What will be done with my students

We would like to provide an engaging self-contained setting, items for fidgeting and stress reduction to assist students in the general education setting, and games for social skills to be used for both.  

 

Benefits to my students

The ESE (formerly referred to as Special Education) Department of Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School is requesting a supplemental grant to create the perfect self-contained classroom for students whose needs require a separate ESE setting and for resources for those students with high needs who have been matriculated into the general education population. Our goal is for all of our students to be successful; but our ESE students often grow at a deficit when compared to their regular-education peers, presenting a sincere issue of equity. We would like to provide an engaging self-contained setting, items for fidgeting and stress reduction to assist students in the general education setting, and games for social skills to be used for both.
-Increased engagement
-Improved temperament of students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities
-Increased time on task for students with ADHD
-Reduced stress of students with anxiety and depression
-Increased time in class
-Coping skills
-Social stories for behavior through games  

 

Describe the Students

As for our mainstream population of ESE students, though we have been pleased with the success we have had with placing students in the general education setting with ESE supports, we are constantly striving to improve. In order to capitalize on the gains we have made with these students, we will furnish teachers with resources to help these students stay focused, on-task, and in the classroom. Proper use of fidget and stress reduction items will tap into the core of the problems posed by many of our students’ disabilities and help them form new habits within the classroom. Cooldown corners can help students manage their emotions and reduce time outside of class. The items requested in this proposal will help us take these students to the next level.  

 

Budget Narrative

The budget if $250 will allow us with some of the needed coping resources for ESE students in the mainstream setting (5-8) and incorporate social-emotional learning (9-10).  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 6pcs Tangle Fidget (3 packs) 11.99 $35.45
2 KLT Sensory Stress Ball Set, 12 Pack $22.45
3 Individually Packaged Monkey Noodles - Fun Therapeutic Stress and Anxiety Reliever for Kids (15 Pack) $18.99
4 ShadeMAGIC Fluorescent Light Covers for Classroom Office-Seascape-Light Filter Pack (3) $107.97
5 Motivational Stress Balls for Kids and Adults (5 pack). (2) $27.98
6 Fidget Flippy Roller Chain - (3 Piece) (Black) (3) $35.97
  Total: $248.81

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