Support effective direct instruction through the use of instructional space.
In the primary grades, the majority of direct instruction happens with children sitting on the floor for proximity to the focus wall/primary instructional space. Most classes have an instructional rug on which children sit, but I acquired the rug in my room. It is ripped and there are no squares for "designated spaces" for students to sit. A rug with squares or spots for students to sit would be very beneficial for my kindergarten class of 24 students. Students would benefit from the visual space on the rug just for them; which would promote more focus for learning during direct instructional time.
Increase in student achievement. The goal of direct instruction is that at least 80% of the class master new learning with the first teach, which is why this time and support is so important. In kindergarten, the majority of direct instruction happens on the rug during circle time, and then students take what they have learned and apply their knowledge through different tasks at their tables.
Student grouping for direct instruction and class meetings happens every day, throughout the day. The instructional rugs will be used every day, many times.
Both of my grade-level team members already have a rug like the one I am requesting the grant for. They have shared with me the effectiveness of the large rug with 30 squares.
Thank you for time and consideration, I really appreciate it!