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  • Gateway Elementary School
  • Omaha, NE
  • More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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As much as teachers would love every student to sit still while learning, that's not reality. Students, especially those with ADHD, learn in many different ways. I want to offer my students ways to be able to move and fidget without distracting their peers. Wobble chairs, exercise balls, fidget toys, and special seat cushions will help the students that just need a little movement to remain focused and at their desks. If their legs need to move, I would like to give them the option of not pacing around the room, and instead they can move their feet and legs around at their desk with large bands that go along the bottom of their desk and/or chair. I've also asked for tactile objects such as squishy balls, stress balls, and fidget tops for pencils. These will allow them to quietly move their hands while remaining focused. Listening to calming sounds and/or music while working is said to also help an active child improve their focus. This is why I have asked for a CD player and headphones. I read that "an effective fidget is both respectful to others and arousing enough to activate the brain to sustain interest where it couldn't before." I am asking for different items because not every fidgeting child will adapt to a particular one. If one method doesn't work, I will be happy to know that I have a second option to offer them.

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As much as teachers would love every student to sit still while learning, that's not reality. Students, especially those with ADHD, learn in many different ways. I want to offer my students ways to be able to move and fidget without distracting their peers. Wobble chairs, exercise balls, fidget toys, and special seat cushions will help the students that just need a little movement to remain focused and at their desks. If their legs need to move, I would like to give them the option of not pacing around the room, and instead they can move their feet and legs around at their desk with large bands that go along the bottom of their desk and/or chair. I've also asked for tactile objects such as squishy balls, stress balls, and fidget tops for pencils. These will allow them to quietly move their hands while remaining focused. Listening to calming sounds and/or music while working is said to also help an active child improve their focus. This is why I have asked for a CD player and headphones. I read that "an effective fidget is both respectful to others and arousing enough to activate the brain to sustain interest where it couldn't before." I am asking for different items because not every fidgeting child will adapt to a particular one. If one method doesn't work, I will be happy to know that I have a second option to offer them.

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