Tip #7: Fidget toys: good. Poor expectations: bad.

Classroom Climatology

CC Tip #7- Fidget toys- good. Poor expectations- bad.This week, fidget toys have received a lot of attention in the media. Apparently, they’re being banned by exasperated teachers but according to the research out there, they do work. As teachers, should we bother to use them in class and if we do, how can we do it so it doesn’t annoy the living daylights out of the class? A clearly communicated, well-enforced approach should do the trick.

Before I go and further, I have two confessions to make. Firstly, I’ve got ADHD. It’s linked to Tourette’s Syndrome (thankfully, not the swearing variety, coprolalia) but it has all the bells and whistles associated with ADHD. Secondly, I banned fidget toys from my own classes early in my career despite knowing how important controlled fidgeting is for my own concentration.

Are fidget toys worth it?

Did I make a mistake? Probably. Evidence shows that fidget toys enhance cognitive performance and…

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