Help Underprivileged Students Focus In Class!
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Hi there! My name is Samantha Walkerden. I'm a high school English and Humanities teacher in Melbourne, Australia. Without disclosing too much about my students (for confidentiality reasons of course), I teach at a school with a high number of ... More ...

Hi there!

My name is Samantha Walkerden. I'm a high school English and Humanities teacher in Melbourne, Australia.

Without disclosing too much about my students (for confidentiality reasons of course), I teach at a school with a high number of students living under the poverty line. With their troubled home lives come learning and behavioural issues, that most often present themselves as distracted, disengaged and fidgety behaviour.

I followed my class around for the day to find out a bit more about a 'typical' day in their lives. I noticed that they followed the same routine: walk to the new class, sit in the chair, look at the board. Well, I sat in those chairs with them and found myself nodding off. I spoke to some Integration Aides who follow the kids around all day every day, and they confirmed my suspicions. Sitting around in uncomfortable chairs all day is sending our kids to sleep!

I did some rather extensive research into this, and unearthed some promising results that other teachers have had with occupational therapy aids such as balance cushions (typically used for yoga and OT) and resistance bands (tied around the legs of desks or chairs). This is particularly true of Autistic and ADHD children, of whom I have 5 (yes, five!) in the class.

I believe that there could be some real opportunity to raise engagement and so improve the educational outcomes of my students with these simple tools. However, the school budget just does not allow for extra purchases like these, and my budget certainly doesn't!

I would GREATLY appreciate your help to get my kids awake and active in their learning. I know that the kids would be eternally thankful!

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