I teach Algebra I at a Title I school in North Las Vegas, NV. The population of students is diverse and challenging. Most of the students are 14-15 years old.
I find that students in this school's Algebra I class often have excess energy.
Bouncy bands, attached to the front desk, near the floor, can allow students to "move around" while staying in their seats. In addition, the higher use of energy is likely to produce more energetic thinking and reduce drowsiness. In addition, I believe that rebellion will decrease, because these 14- to 15-year-olds have an outlet for their energy!
Bouncy Bands are made of rubber that is solid enough to withstand student pressure, without breaking and without disturbing the class with noise.
I will install the Bouncy Bands under each desk in my Algebra I class. There will be no need to announce the presence of the bands; the students will just start using them. As with most ideas that are effective with teenagers, it will stop working if you tell them that it was your plan.
Research shows that students who use the bouncy bands have better concentration and less anxiety.
Some of the reasons that these bands will help are: 1) Focus better in class. 2) Stay calm when working and during tests. 3) Relieve stress when work is hard or confusing. 4) Makes learning fun!
Algebra I is already a hard subject for most students. With the students in class for 67 minutes the Bouncy Bands will help students concentrate. Another positive will be that the students should be able to achieve mastery on the concepts. Please help my class get the materials needed for success!!!
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