EVERYTHING about the way you teach a child determines their successes as well as their failures. There are so many things we need to consider when we think of our students. As you know I recently converted my classroom into an alternative learning environment. My students have choices in their seating, which is strangely more empowering for them than you might think it would be. The funny thing is I learned so much about my students just by where they chose to work. I found that I had students that focused more when they were on the floor, students that would pick a Rubbermaid container to snuggle up and read in every time they had a chance, as well as those that preferred to stand. It opened up a line of communication that needed no words and yet shared so much information!
I adopted the attitude of 'WHY NOT?'. Why not sit in a Rubbermaid container to do your work? Why not lay on the floor to write your story? Why not let a child take a break if you see their frustrated with the work? We have to remember some key things:
- If you are having to ask a child to sit down multiple times throughout the day, they probably would rather stand to do their work, and why not let them?
- If you have a child that frequently melts down in the middle of writing or math it probably means the amount of work is overwhelming and they need it broken into smaller chunks, and why not give it to them that way?
- If you have a child who repeatedly has problems with disrupting class by talking out or even defiant behavior they are probably attention seekers so why not give them some positive attention by assigning them a responsibility... why not?
- If you notice your student learns better with visual aids or movements...why not provide one every time?
|Our new look now that ALL of the desks have been removed.|
|The room feels so peaceful and comfortable! I just love it!|