I have been teaching for about 18 years now and have observed many students struggle with focus and inattentiveness. In addition, my own son struggles with ADHD and motor tics, (there are times when he appears to want to dance out of his own skin). To assist him, my husband and I purchased a mini-trampoline, spinning chair, ninja line, door swing, and more. Our intent was to give him breaks to move during homework and studying to help him focus and attend.
There are many students like my son in our classrooms. I’m convinced that we do not provide our students sufficient opportunities to move throughout the day due to increased academic demands, testing, etc. Our society is becoming more sedentary with the increase of technology and video games. Students are not getting the daily Physical Education they need. And too many teachers pull students out of PE classes to catch up on work they have not completed.
It especially frustrates me when recess time is taken away to do “bonus work” in the classroom. Our children are already not being given enough opportunities to gain the sensory input they need for learning! We urgently need to address this. When a child’s need to move goes unfilled, it can translate into inattentiveness, lack of drive, and impulsivity. We need to provide them with many varied opportunities to succeed and to move.