Remember what classrooms looked like when you were in school? Mrs. Emily Winter’s seventh grade science class in Fairbury has made quite a jump by moving out all classroom chairs, in favor of fitness balls.
Research studies show that movement in the classroom improves mental focus, memory, and cognitive flexibility, all of which improve academic success, according to Winters.
“In addition to the academic and health benefits, the new fitness balls also help our growing number of students in the classroom with ADHD as it provides a positive outlet to release energy,” she said.
“The first day we used the balls I thought I had lost my mind,” Winters said. “But once the newness wore off the positive effects of using the balls came through.”
“I like that I can move more in class,” said 7th grader Hektor Kuzelka. Classmate Rileagh Meyers adds, “It’s more comfortable and helps me concentrate more.”