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Toy or distraction — Fidget Spinners

Toy or distraction — Fidget Spinners Toy or distraction — Fidget Spinners
Kelley Robertson | 15 May, 2017, 03:24

"Most kids will pull out a fidget spinner in class and are easily distracted by it, also distracting other students around them", wrote Jade Miracle in the school's student-run newspaper, the Sierra Summit Online. Fancier ones can cost over $50.

Some schools, like Ellen Hopkins Elementary School in Moorhead, are saying leave them at home. "As long as they're introduced as a tool for tempering other distractions, they're ok".

Melissa Ferry is a big believer in the benefits of allowing students to use fidget toys in the classroom.

"Research shows that, if you have ADHD or trouble focusing, sometimes a minor activity can help occupy your brain", said Robin Parks Ennis, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UAB School of Education. So we saw, with the kids with ADHD, when they were fidgeting more intensely, they actually performed better and their accuracy was higher, whereas for the typically developing kids, their movements were lower in general, but also there was no correlation between their fidgeting movements and how well they did on a test.

If you find yourself doodling, clicking your pen, tapping your foot, jiggling change in your pocket or taking extra breaks at work, Rasmussen says you may want to use a fidget.

Ryman Stationery, also in Marketgate Shopping Centre, is expecting to sell fidget spinners very soon, but is now awaiting stock and was unable to confirm when stock would be available.

One of Berlin's student's, Jessie Welbeck, made the claim that fidget spinners, especially ones that light up or make noises, were "distracting because other people keep playing with them and it takes other students' attention".

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A survey of the 200 largest schools in the US found fidget spinners are banned in 32 percent of them. The toy consists of 3 prongs that rotate a central bearing - all you have to do is hold it, flick it to spin, and... that's it. And let's face it, spinners are a great concept, but they don't successfully achieve their goal in a typical classroom environment. "Finally, I bought one for him two days ago", said 36-year-old Cindy Chen.

Sicard said parents at his school were understanding. If you give somebody a toy or they could be doing classwork, what's going to be more interesting?

The fidget spinner is set off more than just a tidal wave of increased revenue.

In a tweet this morning, the school says there are increasing problems with the gadgets.

While there are many designs including standard plastic, LED and aluminium, some models online fetch hundreds of pounds. Over the course of a few months in 1958, an estimated 25 million were sold - enough so that every child in America between the ages of five and 11 could have owned one.

"Specific learning aids will be provided to any pupils who have been found to need them following assessment".

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