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Throughout the years, I have taught primary grades and also have been the inclusion class where students with IEP's have been in my room with the support of another teacher.
I have noticed that more and more students have difficulty paying attention. I have students with sensory integration, ADHD, and ASD. I have first grade students who just can't sit still. I have learned that students need different things than they did 18 years ago when I started teaching.
This year I have jumped in with both feet to find alternatives to the traditional desk and chair that most students spend the majority of their school day in. I have always had my students moving and actively engaged, but they still had a hard time sitting during instruction.
Stuents have the opportunity to sit on the carpet. This usually occurs at Ipads, Read to Self, Read to Partner and with Math Centers in addition to whole group instruction.
I was introduced to stability balls several years ago by an OT who serviced one of my students with sensory integration. It was always in the back of my mind, and this year I took the plunge and received a class set of balls through Donors Choose.
Most students are able to focus more as they are able to get their wiggles out with the movement the balls offer. I have to say the balls are not a fix all. At times, I have switched students to a chair and students have the opportunity to in the morning to switch a ball for chair for the day.
The students also have the opportunity to stand and work. I have opted out of using my desk this year and students work there standing up during Daily 5 Reading and Math. I also have students who have a hard time sitting and at times they stand at their desks.
These are a few of the ways by students are able to work through out the day. I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences. If you enjoyed this BRIGHT IDEA, please consider following me on BLOGLOVIN' or FACEBOOK for more tips and ideas.
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