If you were to take a peek into my classroom, you would see young people representing countries such as Bangladesh, El Salvador, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, and the United States. They speak a myriad of languages and work hard every day in order to be academically successful, go to college, and make their families proud as our nation's future, teachers, doctors, architects, and scientists.
Unfortunately, a large majority, nearly 80% of my students come from families with incomes that qualify them for federal assistance, meaning they cannot afford many of the same technology and tools that other students can.
Some live in one-bedroom apartments with a family of five. Others work all weekend to help their parents pay the rent. Still others are in foster care or are homeless. Many have experienced overwhelming trauma. Yet, they bring with them a sense of joy and a love of learning. We are here to meet their needs.
Research has suggested that kids can focus better if they are allowed movement. Being in motion helps keep their brains engaged. When the brain is stimulated they're able to stay focused on learning and they are better able to process new information. Having these balance/stability balls will be the main strategy I'd like to implement in my classroom in order to achieve this focus for students who need it most.
Teachers who have already experimented with having these balance balls as available options for their students have reported improved focus and overall improvement in performance.
I'm excited to see what the results will show, and your help is the only way to help make this happen!
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