My students live in a rural town in the mountains of Southern California with no stop light. Over 85% of them receive free or reduced (mostly free) breakfast lunch at school. Many parents send their students to school because they know that they will receive at least two meals a day. Some live in a trailer park, while others live miles off paved roads on dirt roads, which makes it difficult to navigate in the rain and snow. There are Native Americans from three reservations that attend our school, and there is a large population of Spanish-speaking students who are the first in their family to graduate from high school.
Our school is a warm shelter that provides safety, consistent support, and encouragement for many students whose home lives are filled with challenges and struggles.
Whether they come from families who value education or not, most students enjoy being at school because they are fed, warm in the winter, cool in the spring, loved by the staff members and their peers, and encouraged to participate in athletics and clubs, which give them a sense of belonging and purpose. These students are the definition of resilient.
At our rural school, we have a large number of Special Education students who are mainstreamed into regular classes. In talking with some colleagues and doing some research, Balance Ball Chairs have been noted to help students with ADHD focus, while improving posture.
Before ordering enough chairs for my entire classroom, I thought it might be good to try out the ball chairs with a couple of students who have ADHD.
I hope the ability to gently bounce on the chairs will help the students, making their experience in the classroom more positive while improving their ability to focus on the lessons.
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