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  • Irving STEAM Magnet Middle School
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Many of my students struggle with attention and focus during science class, which can make it difficult to provide a comfortable learning environment. Some students already self-regulate by tapping pencils, fidgeting with erasers, and kicking their chairs and desks. With over 30 students in each class, this can get pretty noisy! My goal is to provide them an alternative that will keep their hands busy without distracting the class. Help me provide students with fidgets and sensory toys to help them self-regulate so they can focus during class. The science behind fidgets is that playing with them increases the number of neurotransmitters in the brain that control focus. Although most of my students are not diagnosed with attention disorders, all of my students still have sensory needs. As a teacher, I emphasize self-advocacy with my students. Teaching them to recognize what they need and ask for it appropriately is a skill that will help them well beyond middle school. These toys will act as classroom incentives for them to advocate for themselves!

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Many of my students struggle with attention and focus during science class, which can make it difficult to provide a comfortable learning environment. Some students already self-regulate by tapping pencils, fidgeting with erasers, and kicking their chairs and desks. With over 30 students in each class, this can get pretty noisy! My goal is to provide them an alternative that will keep their hands busy without distracting the class. Help me provide students with fidgets and sensory toys to help them self-regulate so they can focus during class. The science behind fidgets is that playing with them increases the number of neurotransmitters in the brain that control focus. Although most of my students are not diagnosed with attention disorders, all of my students still have sensory needs. As a teacher, I emphasize self-advocacy with my students. Teaching them to recognize what they need and ask for it appropriately is a skill that will help them well beyond middle school. These toys will act as classroom incentives for them to advocate for themselves!

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