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  • Derby North Middle School
  • Derby, KS
  • Half of students from low‑income households

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8th grade students, particularly those with ADHD, have a difficult time staying focused on a task. Providing alternative seating in my classroom, in the form of exercise balls, would help redirect students' attention constantly back to their work while still giving them an outlet for their energy. Research also backs this theory. According to an article from Livestrong.com, "A study published in the October 2003 issue of the "American Journal of Occupational Therapy" found that students with attention challenges, such as attention deficit hyperactive disorder, tended to focus better when using stability balls instead of chairs. The study revealed that students behaved better and that language skills improved, and that students and teachers preferred the use of stability balls in the classroom instead of chairs. Fidgeting helps children with ADHD concentrate, and just a little movement on the stability balls can meet their demands for expelling excess energy."

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8th grade students, particularly those with ADHD, have a difficult time staying focused on a task. Providing alternative seating in my classroom, in the form of exercise balls, would help redirect students' attention constantly back to their work while still giving them an outlet for their energy. Research also backs this theory. According to an article from Livestrong.com, "A study published in the October 2003 issue of the "American Journal of Occupational Therapy" found that students with attention challenges, such as attention deficit hyperactive disorder, tended to focus better when using stability balls instead of chairs. The study revealed that students behaved better and that language skills improved, and that students and teachers preferred the use of stability balls in the classroom instead of chairs. Fidgeting helps children with ADHD concentrate, and just a little movement on the stability balls can meet their demands for expelling excess energy."

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