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Munchkins 07-31-2020 09:07 AM

In person learning setups
For those of you who are teaching in person, with kids in spaces put rows facing forward, how will you make it comfortable for the kids?

I am used to having them move to different spaces quite often, so if they need to stay in their own spaces, they still need to move.

I was thinking of cushions for their seats or under the desks, a stuffed animal to keep in school to read to or explain their thinking to. They could even make masks for their animals.

Any good ideas?

SDT 07-31-2020 10:23 AM

We wonít be allowed anything that canít be sanitized, so no pillows, stuffed animals, etc. Theraband or exercise bands around the legs of the desk will allow the kids to kick and move against them. You can also do movement breaks with something like GoNoodle. I think this is going to be the biggest challenge for the kids. We get tired of sitting in one place, and itís much worse for them

all41 07-31-2020 12:42 PM

Your ideas sound reasonable since we know kids, and the teacher, are going to have a hard time staying in one place. Desks just aren't comfortable, especially for the entire day. However, like SDT, we were told that we couldn't have any soft surfaces. Everything in our rooms would need to have the ability to be sprayed and wiped to be disinfected. Pillows, cushions, stuffed toys, dolls, even our upholstered teacher chairs had to go because you wouldn't be able to throughly disinfect.

Has anyone mentioned that this will be a long, hard year in school. :(

Haley23 07-31-2020 02:08 PM

We've been told all of that stuff will be removed from rooms. They're getting storage pods to put in for this year. They're even taking classroom rugs out.

I wonder if you could use painter's tape to make squares around the desks. Students could stand or sit on the floor next to their desk at certain points of the day as long as they stay in the square. That's the best I can think of with our restrictions.

Munchkins 07-31-2020 04:04 PM

I havenít gotten specifics yet about what can stay- I didnít think about soft objects not being allowed.

I like the idea of taping off sections. Iíll find out whats allowed.

Thanks- keep the ideas coming!

kahluablast 07-31-2020 04:39 PM

When I was in school, I donít remember a lot of moving around, free from desk type time. Recess and lunch, sure. Our butts dealt with it fine.

We havenít heard anything like no pillows or stuffed animals, but it makes sense to me. It will be tough on some sitting for too long. Bathroom breaks, hand washing breaks. Maybe a walk around campus outside doing some observations. Going outside to read...

Tiamat 07-31-2020 06:34 PM

It sounds like a return to 1960s schooling to me. We were bums in seats 9 to 3, except recess and lunch, from Year 1 onwards. no decorations, soft toys, curtains, carpets, or anything. We were fine. Hopefully these kids can too. I'm more worried about the social aspects of it - the distance between the desks, and the lack of contact through the school day.

Singvogel 08-01-2020 06:43 AM

plastic seat cushions?
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They make cushions for wiggling that are plastic. The downside is that the cheapest I have found are about $11 each.

Sleddog 08-01-2020 04:16 PM

It reminds me of what school was like for me - desks in rows and we sat all day.

I am going to let my kids sit at the desk, under the desk, and on the desk. I am also going to let them decorate their space to make it more 'theirs'.

A few years ago, I had a student who took his chair and turned it upside down. He leaned against the back of the chair as it sat on the floor and enjoyed reading that way. I will give that as an option this year.

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