My students need yoga balls for small group instruction to help them sit straighter, breathe better, and focus.
Have you ever tried to pay attentions to something while sitting in an uncomfortable chair? Shifting back and forth doesn't seem to help and you are counting down the minutes until you can stand up and move. Imagine how students feel having to sit in those blue plastic chairs all day.
My students are struggling learners who come to see me for intense intervention and accelerated instruction in math and reading.
Most of my students are at least two years behind their peers. They are learning the English language while simultaneously learning content area material. Their determination and effort is inspiring. The school is located in a low socioeconomic area, yet these students rise above their circumstances and meet the challenges in front of them. They are fun loving and hard working and so much fun to be around.
Stability balls can be used in classrooms in place of chairs to help students sit up straight and engage the muscles and the parts of their brains needed to remain balanced on a large ball. "When students sit on stability balls, both sides of their brains are engaged in keeping their bodies centered on the balls. When the brain is stimulated, it's more focused on learning" (www.livestrong.com). 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. Students also behaved better and language skills improved.
It is my goal to give these students every advantage possible so that they can be successful.
Implementing this research supported strategy is just one way I hope to improve my students' educational opportunities. Because I see small groups throughout the day, the balls will benefit a multitude of students from various classrooms and grade levels.
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|65 cm. Altus Pearl Exercise Body Ball - 600 lb. Weight Capacity • Cannon Sports, Inc.||$33.25||8||$266.00|
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