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(Washington Times)   Elementary school teachers, who are apparently NOT high on crack, claim that having their students bounce up and down on giant rubber balls rather than sitting at traditional desks makes them more attentive and calm   (washingtontimes.com) divider line 16
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2013-02-21 02:57:25 PM  
3 votes:
Well, yeah. Kids work better when they can move a bit, especially most boys. They're kids, not lumps. Probably will help battle obesity, too.
2013-02-21 04:00:51 PM  
2 votes:
It works. We used it in our sped classes for the hyperactive ones. For the aspies and general Autism it was a sensory thing. Some liked heavy blankets draped on them, others liked a little bounce while sitting. We even had these inflatable pads with little rubber knobs on it for the tactile feel.

Basically if they have an outlet for the unconscious fidgeting they tend to focus better. It can be a bit distracting to the teachers but you get used to it and take it in stride when you realize it is working FOR you.
2013-02-21 03:11:20 PM  
2 votes:

cgraves67: While I think that sitting on fitness balls would be healthy for the rug-rats, it would waste a hell of a lot of time each day. Everytime a kid stands up his or her ball is going to roll or bounce away and cause a distraction. Having the entire class stand up would yield a 5 minute "ball wrangling" fiasco. Coming back into the classroom after lunch or recess or gym class would also require the balls to be returned to their proper placements before proceeding.


Tethering the balls would solve all the issues you brought up. And if introducing yoga balls at an early age means more hot college chicks in yoga pants later then I really don't see the problem here.
2013-02-21 03:07:29 PM  
2 votes:
It's actually a good idea.  In regular chairs, people can slouch, lean, sag, etc., and a lazy body is usually followed by a distracted mind.  With the balls, you have to 'mindfully' sit up straight, and the better posture also conditions your brain that it should be more alert.
2013-02-21 03:01:03 PM  
2 votes:
I'll generally will sit on mine when I'm watching TV. Makes me feel like not so much of a couch potato if I can get some balance work done at the same time.
2013-02-21 05:08:46 PM  
1 votes:

jfbnr24: I wonder if this will work at the dinner table for my ADHD son. He cannot seem to focus at all to actually make it through a meal.


My son was unofficially diagnosed by his teacher last year as having ADHD.  The school PT referred him to a therapy center for sensory disorders.  He was officially diagnosed with "proprioceptive disorder."  He was constantly chewing on things, rubbing anything with a texture, and bouncing while flapping his arms.  The simple solution was a $25 core balance disc from the sporting goods store.  His attention has improved significantly at home during dinner and at school.
2013-02-21 04:06:04 PM  
1 votes:

sweet-daddy-2: stevetherobot: In other news, high school teaches claim that having their female students bounce up and down on trampolines helps them learn.

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2013-02-21 03:34:53 PM  
1 votes:

Walker: But I need back support. And how about the lawsuits when kids fall off the balls?


They are actually recommending one of these in place of a desk chair at work precisely FOR my back. Mine's been bad so long that I've let the core muscles atrophy and I need to build them back up. The idea is that the constant movement to stay balanced will help work these muscles back into shape. This isn't the first physical therapist or doctor to propose this, either.
2013-02-21 03:12:52 PM  
1 votes:

JaCiNto: How about sending them out for more recess?


Kids do need time to "let off steam", then they are much better learners afterwards. Unfortunately, lengthening the recess would go over like a lead balloon.

That would lengthen the school days. Teachers union won't go for that
They would need to hire baby sitters for longer times to watch the playground, because the union says "not the teacher's job".

It's much more attractive for the school officials to simply suspend or expel troublemakers than treating the root cause, because that requires actual thinking.
2013-02-21 03:10:10 PM  
1 votes:
If they don't give them bouncy balls to sit on they'll just end up restlessly bouncing around in their chairs anyway.  I wouldn't be at all surprised if this works.  And whether it does or not, what I know doesn't work is trying to get a 7-year-old to sit still and act like a tiny little adult.  Not only will they not do it, I don't think it would make them learn better even if they could.
2013-02-21 03:10:09 PM  
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sweet-daddy-2: stevetherobot: In other news, high school teaches claim that having their female students bounce up and down on trampolines helps them learn.

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2013-02-21 03:09:38 PM  
1 votes:

cgraves67: While I think that sitting on fitness balls would be healthy for the rug-rats, it would waste a hell of a lot of time each day. Everytime a kid stands up his or her ball is going to roll or bounce away and cause a distraction. Having the entire class stand up would yield a 5 minute "ball wrangling" fiasco. Coming back into the classroom after lunch or recess or gym class would also require the balls to be returned to their proper placements before proceeding.

Not necessarily.


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2013-02-21 03:04:41 PM  
1 votes:

Walker: But I need back support. And how about the lawsuits when kids fall off the balls?


No lawsuits, but bashing their chins on the desk as they slid off was why we got rid of ours. (At one point about a third of our classrooms got them through a grant.)

The janitors hated them because they don't stack, and they deflate slowly, so you end up spending time reinflating every few days, with those dumb little hand pumps.

I use one at home though, and I like it for me. It's just not necessarily the best solution for a classroom.
2013-02-21 03:04:24 PM  
1 votes:

stevetherobot: In other news, high school teaches claim that having their female students bounce up and down on trampolines helps them learn.


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2013-02-21 03:01:49 PM  
1 votes:
In other news, high school teaches claim that having their female students bounce up and down on trampolines helps them learn.
2013-02-21 03:01:31 PM  
1 votes:
But I need back support. And how about the lawsuits when kids fall off the balls?
 
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