"When I came across the
Fidgeteez bands I was so excited."
As an inner-city school teacher, I am always looking for ways to help my students who have trouble focusing, staying in their seat, or becoming distracted quickly. Through the years I have tried several strategies. Nothing seemed to be a very long-term fix. Many homemade fixes broke from overuse or misuse.
Having ADHD, ADD, Sensory Processing Disorder, behavioral disorder, learning disorder, and gifted students all in one classroom…I am sure you can imagine my desire to contain the chaos. My first goal was to get students to stay engaged in their learning. I read an article about boys in particular. The article said that in order for boys to stay engaged they need to be moving. If they are not moving their brains slow down and they become distracted instead of engaged. So with 16 out of 22 of my students being boys…I knew I needed to find something to keep them moving to help them stay focused.
When I came across the Fidgeteez bands I was so excited. They are quiet, they are durable, they are inconspicuous, and they can be easily moved. Since I didn’t have a class set yet, I chose my most needy students for a test run with the bands. The first day I really pumped them up. I told them they were part of a special challenge to see how these bands worked and they were going to help me by using them correctly. I put them on the front of their chair legs and I modeled how to quietly bounce my feet on them. They were so excited. I was so excited.
The rules were adjusted a bit and the newness wore off. I noticed the students using the bands correctly. They stayed in their seat instead of impulsively jumping up every 5 seconds. They quietly bounced their feet while listening to the lesson and worked with more focus. There was less frustration and more engagement from these students once they started using Fidgeteez bands.
As you know, in many cases intense therapy or medication is needed to help extreme behaviors. As a classroom teacher, I am limited with my resources and funding. With so many students on the spectrum and integrated into the classroom, I was willing to give these bands a try in order to help my students succeed. These bands have been a great addition to my classroom.
If you are looking for an affordable, durable, quiet, and effective way for your students to get their wiggles out…you need Fidgeteez bands!
- Jessica Dean, 3rd grade teacher