My students need stability balls to replace their chairs.
This project expired on October 16, 2014.
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Remember back in elementary school when you were required to sit in rows of hard, uncomfortable desk chairs when what you really wanted to do was move?
My students are primarily from middle class working families, however, about 40% of our students schoolwide receive free or reduced price lunch.
Our population is diverse and includes all ethnic backgrounds. Our school is a small, neighborhood school which is also a Positive Behavior Exemplar School.
Envision a classroom set up of desks in small groups rather than rows. Students using technology, working in small groups, engaging in meaningful, academic discussions all while seated on stability balls. Imagine also a physical activity break where students are lead in a series of exercises which incorporate the stability balls. The use of stability balls instead of chairs has been shown to improve focus and concentration for all students and particularly students who struggle with ADHD.
Physically and mentally, 5th graders are going through a plethora of changes during their last year of elementary school.
Using stability balls will support their ability to concentrate on academics and also engage them in fun, physical activity while they battle the weight issues that students of this age often experience. Ultimately, I expect student's acquisition of needed skills to grow as evidenced by various data sources simply by the use of stability balls as chairs.
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