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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 14
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2013-02-21 03:22:31 PM
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You know who else sat on a ball?
2013-02-21 03:04:24 PM
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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 06:24:08 PM
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CapeFearCadaver: 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.


You sit on kids?
2013-02-21 04:44:35 PM
1 votes:
It sounds like the teacher is getting good results.  Also, these are fifth graders, not kindergarteners, so maybe they have enough impulse control to use the balls as they were intended.  After all, you could just make any kid who isn't able to handle sitting on a ball go back to using a chair.  Problem solved.
2013-02-21 04:00:51 PM
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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 03:53:36 PM
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neversubmit: Is is the pounding in their backsides that calm them down?


Elementary school students, not high school students.
2013-02-21 03:39:44 PM
1 votes:
Is is the pounding in their backsides that calm them down?
2013-02-21 03:30:20 PM
1 votes:
Perhaps these teachers would be interested in my innovative new program to help kids study.

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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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let me google that for you
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2013-02-21 03:09:38 PM
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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 03:04:51 PM
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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.
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 02:59:36 PM
1 votes:
that is by far the most ridiculous thing I have seen in the last ten minutes.
2013-02-21 02:18:25 PM
1 votes:
I'm honestly surprised that the Washington Times didn't play up the whole "yoga chair"/"eastern meditation"/"brainwashing"/"liberal relativism"/"new age consciousness"/"obama destroying our nation" angle a little more clearly.
 
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