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I have been using exercise balls as chairs this year in my classroom. I LOVE THEM. I really believe they have helped with behavior and focus in my room. We have a new principal and he wants to have proof that they help with academics in order to keep them. I can't seem to find anything on the internet of a study done about academics- only focus. Can you help??
Thanks so much. I really want to keep them next year!


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May I ask what type of classroom you teach in? I've been interested in pursuing balls to replace chairs but am a bit concerned about my population throwing the balls.
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second grade- regular ed classroom
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Old 05-19-2010, 02:06 PM
 
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I just googled: exercise balls in the classroom and here's one thing I found:
http://student-health-issues.suite10...assroom_chairs
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In our school, it was our OT/pt
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who recommended them--maybe ask your school therapists for background info. That is where I'd start anyway.


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I agree to start there. If you want to google for information, check under sensory integration disorder and vestibular input. I used to have a folder entitled "Why are they doing that?" with pictures and information about all of the techniques and equipment we used in my classroom with my autistic and physically/neurologically impaired students.
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Old 05-19-2010, 03:10 PM
 
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I work in a parochial school- so neither OT or PT- and prince wants ACADEMIC proof- not behavioral or physical. Where could I reach any OT/PTs?
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Good luck :)
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This was the best I could find...

http://student-health-issues.suite10...assroom_chairs
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Oops. Sorry someone already posted that one.
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Old 05-19-2010, 03:30 PM
 
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I love the idea of using exercise balls as chairs. How did you get them, aren't they expensive? I don't have advice but I do like the idea and wonder why the prince has a problem with it. I also love the end of that web address: assroom, how appropriate


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How about..........
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Isn't it obvious that a child that can focus will do better academically!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Dumb question
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How do you keep the balls from rolling all over the room when the students aren't sitting on them? What about at the end of the day? How do you store them?

I love the idea, and if they're working for you,I hope the P lets you keep them. I hate chairs!
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Old 05-19-2010, 05:29 PM
 
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You can use pie tins to keep them in place. I am planning to allow them next year for kids that would like them. two of my kids use them in their classrooms (1st and 5th).
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What size?
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would you get for first grade?
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:11 PM
 
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Very interesting idea using balls for chairs. Where did u come up with it? Do the students play around on them? Do you have any pictures of your students using them in class?
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Old 05-20-2010, 01:06 AM
 
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They do make them with little legs for stability.
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:23 AM
 
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Very interesting!
I have never heard of using balls for chairs......I would love to see some pictures and hear more explanation about how they work too!
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http://www.startribune.com/local/west/11549666.html

This was another article I just read.....You might contact one of the school mentioned here and see if they have any ideas for you......
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Old 05-20-2010, 07:55 AM
 
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Has to do with the vestibular system and stimulating it.
Check this out.
http://www.thebrainway.com/
He is the guru in VA on all things brain based. Email him. He can give you scientific studies related to educational settings.
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I'll take some pictures and attach them. Thank you to all who've responded. I've emailed the people at brain based learning, and I truly hope they can help me. If anyone else has ideas or has found academic achievement, I would really appreciate any and all help. I just want to keep the darn things! At this point, I think part of it is the principle of it. It's my classroom and it costs him nothing!
Oh, and the kids push the balls under their desk when they get up and they stay. I tried using the little tin pie plates to hold them on the desk at night, but they got all bent very quickly and quit working. I use frisbees now!! I got a bunch of freebies from various businesses and they do the trick fantastically!
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very interesting....
Old 05-20-2010, 04:29 PM
 
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Did you start the year off with them? Or did you have chairs and then introduced them to the balls instead of chairs?
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