Rocking and Rolling Reading!
Research supports that teachers and students are likely to benefit from implementation of evidence-based and practical sensory-motor strategies that fit into the normal classroom routine (AOTA, 2003, Polcyn & Bissell, 2005). Teachers who create a multi-sensory learning environment may facilitate improved student ability to participate in the general education setting, resulting in maximized learning (Thorpe, 1985). This in turn may allow teachers to better meet the academic performance expectations set by programs such as the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSS). Using sensory motor strategies is one example of creating a multi- sensory learning environment. Sensory-motor strategies such as dynamic seating, which allows the occupant to move while remaining seated, have been found to improve attention and reduce off-task and disruptive behavior in students (Bill, 2008; Fedewa & Erwin 2011; Kercood, Grskovic, Lee & Emmert, 2010.) Cordia School has set aside a classroom for students in Kindergartern through Eighth grade to utilize for Accelerated Reading. We have walls lined with books and reading materials and we have tables filled with computers. However, we are lacking the materials needed to allow students the comfortability and individual needs that come with flexible seating. Currently, students only seating options are hard, straight backed chairs. This grant will be used to purchase flexible seating for our computer lab and will be utilized by all students at Cordia School.