My students need 22 stability balls to stay attentive during the school day.
This project expired on April 21, 2014.
Hooray! This project is fully funded
Teacher: Ready to rock?
Students: Ready to roll!
Our rooms typical morning response that will hopefully have more meaning soon. With my darlings able to slightly roll back and forth on their chairs we will be rocking and rolling into more focused and in depth learning.
Currently I have 22 4th grade darlings.
We work hard to build community and work together. In our classroom we have students with diverse needs and learning styles. We participate in collaborative learning on a daily basis and my students are great at helping one another and building confidence in others.
For some of us, sensory needs are currently our biggest obstacle to learning. We wiggle and play instead of focusing on the lesson.
A 2011 University of Kentucky study found evidence that using stability balls is effective for students who exhibit hyperactivity and problems paying attention.
A study conducted in Aroostook County, Maine found that 80 percent of students improved their test scores over the course of the year after switching from traditional chairs to stability balls.
These stability balls will replace the traditional classroom chairs for those students who want them. With this new seating my students will improve their concentration by having an energy outlet. Staying balanced on the ball requires the use of core muscles by the student and will allow them to get their wiggles out while paying attention.
I am one of two inclusion classrooms in our fourth grade.
In an inclusion classroom there are students with special learning and sensory needs. The studies I have read on stability balls in classrooms all document positive results and growth in student learning.
This project will improve the quality of student engagement and learning. My students will be better focused as well as ready to learn.
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