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Ms. Arthur`s Class 



All in a Day With

Ms. Arthur's Class 

The greatest sign of success for a to be able to say,

                                                                "The children are working as if I did not exist."



Many hours of work have been put into creating a very colorful and enchanting classroom for my students. Studies have shown that children learn and retain information longer when color is used in the educational material presented and in the classroom.

Eighty percent of the brain receives information visually. Color stimulates the visual sense and encourages retention of information. The colors red, orange, and yellow stimulate and increase brain activity. The colors green, blue and violet induce relaxation.

Color inspires creativity and encourages students in coming up with new ideas. The use of color not only assists students in artistic projects, but color also stimulates thinking towards story writing and helps students to evaluate and solve questions.


Why I choose to use Flexible Seating.


Students learn best when they have some control over their environment. Flexible seating allows students to choose where they work and with whom. It also allows them to change their location and position as needed.


It is no secret that children need to move. When children cannot move, they become distracted and worse, disruptive. Flexible seating allows students to bounce, lean, twist, fidget, wobble, stand, kneel and sit to suit their needs.


Flexible seating encourages children to share space and supplies. It also encourages them to take turns in different locations and with different seating options.


When students are uncomfortable, they are distracted and unproductive. Flexible seating allows students to find comfortable positions throughout the classroom. Comfortable students are calm, focused, and productive.


Students learn better when they have a chance to work together. Traditional      desks in rows isolate students from each other. Flexible seating allows students to easily pair up, work in small groups, or discuss as a whole class.

Sensory Input

Many flexible seating options stimulate students’ sense of touch. This type of stimulation can help children focus and process information. Sensory input is especially helpful for students with ADHD, ADD, and ASD.


Starting our Day

When students arrive they will put away their things, and have a few minutes to meet & greet their friends. Morning snack may be eaten at this time and they may use the restroom if needed.

The first thing I do is take up any notes/money. Next, I am open for telling time. I listen to everything from "Today is my dog's birthday", to "We won our soccer game last night", or "I have a new shirt on today", to "My mom said to tell you ___________", or "My dad wants to know why ________", 

and many times, "My stomach/head hurts".

I believe this is an important time of communication with your child. It    gives me some insight into what is going on with your child each day.


Classroom Responsibilities

At the beginning of the year, I allow students to choose their job assignments. These can be sweeper, paper organizer, library keeper, office runner, table wiper, check the air/heat operator, make sure the door is closed and lights out when we leave during the day, note runner, teacher helpers, etc...lots of jobs that need to be taken care of.

They are also responsible for cafeteria duty during our lunch period. This will entail cleaning up any trash, wiping tables and seats, and sweeping.

I am very strict about how my students clean up after lunch. I try to teach my students life skills that they will need to use as adults. Knowing how to clean and sweep correctly is a good way to teach them to be responsible for doing a job right!

My students will take on the responsibilty of cleaning and organizing our classroom on a daily basis. They wipe down chairs and tables, sweep the floors, organize bins, papers, library books, folders, and misc. items. They check the room before we leave each day to make sure it is neat, clean, organized, and ready for the next day.


If we want our children to learn to be responsible, the best way to do so, in my opinion, is to start giving them responsibilities at their own school. Creating a system where students will be responsible to clean their classroom by the end of the day will teach them to appreciate what they have more and they will respect their school and everything in it.

Not only does requiring students to keep schools clean teach them to be responsible, it also teaches them to be respectful. When a student goes to school knowing that he/she is responsible to take care of its cleanliness, he/she will respect it and appreciate everything in it.

The idea here is to give them durable responsibilities to teach them to love   and respect the school, and to make school their home.

“School is not just for learning from a book, it’s about learning how to become a member of society and taking responsibilities for oneself.”


Time to Learn

Each day, during our small groups, we have team leaders. Team leaders are responsible for making sure that everyone has the necessary materials to complete each assignment and reporting any problems/questions to the teacher. They are to make sure that everyone in their group is on task and the assignments are being worked on and completed.

Taking these leadership roles is important for students. It allows students who may never have the initiative to take charge in a group setting, to learn how to communicate, make decisions, determine solutions, and feel important!


Brain Breaks

Throughout the day we will have "brain breaks". Regular brain breaks enhance attentiveness, concentration, focus and accelerate learning by allowing children to release their energy, anxiety, and stress.  Brain breaks also increase circulation, as well as, promote physical fitness and coordination. These are some examples of the brain breaks we will be using in our classroom:

‘The Sid Shuffle’ Ice Age Dance Video

Madagascar’s ‘I Like to Move It’ Video

GoNoodle Brain Breaks

When kids get to move at school, things get better.

Not only does student health improve, but academic performance improves, too. In fact, numerous scientific studies have confirmed that the more exercise a student gets, the better his or her grades are likely to be. And that’s not all. In several studies of Mississippi students, more fitness was associated with better behavior and less absenteeism.

Move to Learn Videos are designed to help teachers raise student fitness levels and, in turn, raise student achievement. Click on orange link to view a sample of these videos. (Sometimes the link doesn't work, but you can see them on You Tube).

It is important to remember that students also need time to relax.

For many students, stress is an everyday part of their lives.

Daily schoolwork, exams, and extra curricular activities often cause

feelings of stress to build.

Most students do not have stress management coping skills

needed to alleviate their feelings.

Researchers and educators found that music is not only calming

to the students, it also facilitates cooperation and helps the students

to focus.

These are samples of relaxing videos that we will also use in our

brain break times:

Relaxing Music for Children

Coral Reef Fish