Bouncies: The Cure for Fidgety Feet
Bouncies are a student desk attachment that provide fidgety students the ability to move in the classroom without disrupting others.
Bouncies were created to help children better focus within a traditional classroom setting. Bouncies are a desk attachment that allows for movement when fidgeting is customarily unacceptable classroom behavior. Bouncies were created to help students and teachers better manage within such a tight and often stagnate classroom. My goal for this project is to help every student become better focused when it is expected and to ultimately improve students' academic achievement.
I am a twenty year veteran school teacher that strives to help every student reach their academic potential. My goal as an educator has always been to ignite the flame that kindles a passion for my students to learn. This philosophy has lead me to the realization that an unhappy, bored, hungry, or tired student is not a learning student. I also realized very early in my career that for students to be engaged they must be using some form of hands-on activity that requires movement for their minds to be turned-on and engaged with learning. This is how memories are formed. Engagement=Learning in the simplest of terms. Unfortunately, many classroom atmospheres are required to be quiet and still. This is completely the opposite of how research indicates that students learn.
According to the University of California Davis MIND Institute fidgeting is the by product of a subconscious need for movement for a student to build new files for long and short term memory to be activated (learning to take place). Oddly enough, our students know this naturally! They are constantly tapping a pencil, chewing gum, bouncing their knees, or simply shaking/tapping their feet.
Fidgeting is a common symptom of neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, processing disorders, learning disabilities and Asperger’s. It occurs when your child carries out tasks that are not interesting enough to sustain his or her focus. The additional sensory-motor input gained through fidgeting stimulates your child’s brain, allowing him or her to focus on the task at hand.
Many studies are now indicating that fidgety movements in fact help students to concentrate. This is true for ADHD students especially. Studies have found that a student when tested scored higher on assessments if they had some form of movement. This movement was attributed to the student having better focusing abilities, and therefore, score higher on assessments.
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Unfortunately, movement in a quiet classroom can cause quite the disruption! The classroom becomes a constant battlefield for the student that desperately needs to move to focus their attention. This double edged sword lands the child in quite the predicament in which, they lose either way. The student either is compliant and choses to suffer with their inattention, or they cause a disruption and suffer the consequences.
It has become my goal to help my students and give them the ability to move without disrupting other students. That is why I invented Bouncies.
Bouncies are a handy little gadget that attaches to a student desk or chair that will enable the student to naturally bounce without disrupting others around them. The sturdy band is attached by a bracket and can handle frequent usage.
Every fidgety student should have a Bouncies attached to their desk!
Bouncies are also great as a homework helper too! Students can use the Bouncies to aid their focus while reading, writing, and completing homework assignments. Every student can benefit from Bouncies!