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Mrs. Schwalbe from Middletown DE is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Sitting Still Is Overrated

My students need fourteen wiggle seats, three- six legged stability ball chairs, and 5 chair bands to help with fidgeting and wiggling due to ADHD or Autism.

  • $489 goal

This project expired on January 21, 2016.

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My Students

I teach in a inclusive setting with half of my students having ADHD, Autism or a learning disability. I use many different learning styles and movement to keep them engaged in their learning. My classroom is flexible and accommodating to all learners.

My class is located in a suburban school in a small city.

We have some students coming from rural areas. We are a title one school, with many students receiving free or reduced priced lunch. Thirteen out of my twenty-five third grade students struggle to learn in a traditional way. Through the use of small group instruction and accommodations, they are learning the same standards and are being held to the same expectations as their peers. Everyone learns in their own way and in their own time. In my classroom we, my co-teacher and I, meet the students where they are and teach them where they need to go.

My Project

My students need fourteen wiggle seats, three- six legged stability ball chairs, and five chair bands to help with fidgeting and wiggling due to ADHD or Autism. Many researchers have found that students with ADHD and Autism require movement, including fidgeting, in order to process higher order thinking. They need the movement to complete thought provoking tasks. Many adults wonder why these same fidgety students are able to watch a movie or play a video game for hours without wiggling and fidgeting, but not sit still during a 45 minute math or reading lesson. Research shows that movie watching and video games do not require the use of the working memory. Learning and using higher order thinking does push students to process and store information. Imagine, sitting in a problem solving, lengthy meeting, requiring a tremendous amount of thought, and not being able to move around in your seat, not having a cushioned swiveling seat or multiple cups coffee to keep you alert and engaged. Students need to move without causing distraction, and the wiggle seat will provide them the outlet without distracting others from learning.

As adults, we struggle during periods of extended sitting, why would our children be any different?

I ask that you consider donating to my classroom. I want to create critical thinkers, problem solver and innovators, help me change the way my students learn by providing them with the outlet needed for the wiggles and fidgeting, so they can think critically and reach their greatest potential.

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Air Stability Wobble Cushion, Blue, 35cm/14in Diameter, Balance Disc, Pump Included • Amazon Business $14.45 14 $202.30
Abilitations Six-Leg Ball Chair - 26 inches - Green • Amazon Business $35.01 3 $105.03
Abilitations Integrations Deskerciser - Muscel and Movement for Classroom Seats • Amazon Business $14.40 5 $72.00

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