COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Flexible seating, magnetic building tools on teacher’s wish list

COMMUNITY CLASSROOM: Flexible seating, magnetic building tools on teacher’s wish list

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Christy Howe’s students don’t really know what it’s like to sit in traditional classroom chairs during school. That’s because they’re either sitting on the floor or in floor seats, also known as flexible seating.

Ms. Howe would like to have more flexible seating. It’s part of a joint request she made on Donors Choose, an online charity that helps teachers across the country get funding.

“In order to develop future-ready, enthusiastic learners, we must create innovative learning spaces that reflect our rapidly changing world,” Howe says. “The flexible seating options (floor seats) requested are designed to inspire student learning and support their diverse learning interests and needs.”

The other half of her request is for magnetic building tools she says will enhance creative thinking and problem-solving.

Howe is the gifted education specialist at Bradley Creek Elementary. She says her academically talented students represent tomorrow’s future.

“I believe we are changing the world in this classroom every single day and when we’re able to help our students have ownership and agency over their learning with choice and voice about how and where they learn, we are creating the learners and the leaders that are not only going to make a difference in our future, but are going to improve our world today,” Howe said.

Howe set a goal of $499. She still needs $399. Once her project is completely funded, Donors Choose will purchase the items she’s requested and deliver them to the school.

If you would like to donate to Ms. Howe’s project, click here.

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