Hey, I'm Nicole
I have been teaching for almost 25 years. It has always been my dream of creating a classroom that felt more like home. Over the years I have added curtains, some lamps: little things that I could afford to add. The budget we are given would not cover the transformation…Read more
I have been teaching for almost 25 years. It has always been my dream of creating a classroom that felt more like home. Over the years I have added curtains, some lamps: little things that I could afford to add. The budget we are given would not cover the transformation I needed to make. Recently sites like these have become available and I am so excited. I will be in the classroom for another decade and I want to make sure the kids coming through my classroom have an experience like no other. I hope that with the direction I am trying to go that other classrooms like this become the trend. I have my Masters, I am Choice Theory certified, I am Therapy Crisis Intervention certified and was AVID trained. I believe that before children can learn they must feel safe and secure to take a risk - learning is a risk. It is something that you try and might fail at doing the first time. IF we can create a place of comfort and safety then I feel kid's motivation skyrockets. Over the years more and more children have come to me with sensory needs. I am an inclusion classroom that services children who are in the special ed program. These children would greatly benefit from a classroom set up like the one I ream about creating.
if children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, learn to trust, share their feelings and grow. alfie kohn”
Newfane Elementary School
27 Years experience
What will the funds be used for
I have been and will continue to be a 2nd grade inclusion classroom. I have many special needs students in my class. My dream has always been to transform my class into more of a home than a classroom. The goal is to replace desk with alternative seating, like picnic tables and kids card tables. I want to create reading nooks with armchairs and rugs. Atmosphere can recreate a child's image of school, foster creativity and increase motivation. Funding covers our consumables and things we need to run the classroom. The items I would like to purchase are not covered by the amount we are given yearly. I am hoping for other people to embrace my vision for what classrooms of tomorrow can look like.