Our story last week about the connection between ADHD, movement and thinking struck a nerve with readers. We reported on a small study in which students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder performed better on memory tasks when they were allowed to spin and move around in a swiveling chair.
We got hundreds of comments, tweets and emails. Even the CEO of Donors Choose, a fundraising site for teachers, wrote in to say that there are 1,455 projects with the key word "fidget" on his site. More than 1,000 teachers requested something called a "Hokki Stool" — a backless seat that allows kids to sit and wiggle.
On social media, meanwhile, we heard lots of ideas from teachers who've found creative ways to accommodate some students' need to fidget without disrupting the whole class. Among them:
Bike inner tubes: Wrapped around the legs of a chair, they allow kids to bounce their legs during learning. There's even a commercial version.
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