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Throw Away Your Chair

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

…Courtesy of one of my favorite magazines, The Week!

If your child squirms …
It’s almost impossible to keep grade-school pupils from squirming in their chairs. But a growing number of school districts throughout the country have hit on a solution: They’re seating the kids on big, rubbery exercise stability balls at their desks. By balancing their posteriors on the balls, the children work out their restlessness and find they are able to concentrate better on their studies. “The whole theory with the brain is that when your body’s engaged, your brain’s engaged,” said Tiffany Miller, a fourth-grade teacher in Fort Collins, Colo. “I call it actively sitting.”
— from The Week Magazine, “It Wasn’t All Bad” section, Friday, March 20, 2009

You go, Tiffany Miller!! Wow—I love it when we find simple ways to maximize learning.

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