As adults we know that we thrive in varied work environments. If you are a person who needs to stand, walk around, or take breaks, a lot of workplaces are now accommodating for that. However, some of our schools have not made that leap and expect students to sit stationary in desks for the length of an entire school day while learning and that isn’t the best for students.
At CCS, we believe that students should be able to move around, stand and take breaks if they need to, because meeting their biological needs is just as important as their academic needs. We believe that following Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is what keeps students engaged in the learning process.
Learning should be a hands on, engaging experience.
It is not a sedentary, stationary experience where we are filling students with knowledge. The student should be an active participant and what that looks like inside a classroom, could be hands on activities.
Even if they are doing it alone and socially distancing, they can still have hands on activities, as well as having varied learning methods of instructions such as a PowerPoint presentation or auditory presentation. Instead of a student completing a typical book report, the student could put together a diorama of a book they read and share it with the class; or they act it out and share that with the class.
These are a just few different ways a classroom can modify and provide opportunities to students to be their best selves and be fully engaged in the learning process.