Saturday, February 23, 2013

Soapbox Saturday - Yoga Balls in Classrooms

Well, I guess I should apologize for my absence this week, but really my husband is to blame....

He got me hooked...

I couldn't put them down! And that is really saying something for me. I am just not a big reader and I devoured these books! If you haven't read them, you've got to before the next movies. There is just soooo much more in the books than they could ever squeeze into a movie! If you've read them feel free to comment on your favorite part and why. My husband is still finishing Mockingjay so I haven't been able to discuss it all with him yet.

Anyway, that's not what I wanted to talk about today, although a virtual book club discussion would be fun...hmm...

I read an article I thought was really cool. "Classrooms Ditch Student Chairs for Yoga Balls"

How awesome is that?!? 

It started out as a way to help kids with attention problems and autism and is now being rolled out in many mainstream classrooms. Teachers are saying it's increasing students' attention and productivity. Students are also reporting the same. They're able to fidget a little and still concentrate. 

I love this idea, I think I would have loved it while I was in college. I don't know how many times I fell asleep in class!! haha I also think this would be great for my husband at work. He's at a desk all day and since sitting on a yoga ball engages muscles and increases blood flow it would not only help him stay alert, but it would ward off the dangers of sedentary work routines. He said no to the idea, but I think it would be awesome for anyone who has to sit all day.

What do you think? Would you have liked this when you were in school or for your kids? 

What other kind of alternative methods have you seen used in classrooms to increase learning?

Well, have a great weekend! I'm off to find the next awesome series I want to read *gasp*

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