Stability balls and extended desks have been used in lieu of standard chairs for students who are fidgety and unable to focus on their academic instruction.
Many of my students have difficulty in focusing on instruction in their seventh grade classrooms.
They would benefit from flexible seating such as these simple devices.
Many of my students are living in a low-income neighborhood which has had a history of crime and violence. Some of their families do not have the financial means to medicate or otherwise treat their children.
Yet these students are intelligent. They have proven over the past two years to be as capable, if not more so, than their counterparts in the district's higher-income schools. They are excited for the future despite their current lot in life. They are finally beginning to believe that their ability to succeed as learners is, in no way, controlled by their environment. Helping them to focus on their work will keep them on the path to success.
Most seventh graders are filled with energy, yet they need to be able to focus on the instruction given in class. In order for our students to accomplish this, we need flexible seating to help keep their attention. Students who have attention-related problems will greatly benefit from the equipment we have ordered. Often students get "antsy" and need alternative seating arrangements in order to be successful. Students will have the opportunity to sit in a regular chair, on an exercise ball, or have the ability to stand at a raised desk. Our students need every opportunity to succeed and be able to compete with students across the district.
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