As a teacher, I know the student with ADHD- hyperactive type as soon as she sits down in her seat. It’s apparent by the tapping, strumming, or humming she uses to calm that active brain. Hyperactive and combined type ADHDers are my most honest students and give me a true reading of classroom engagement. Without them, I’d never know if my lesson was interesting, or not.
Here’s the rundown on some of the latest fidgets used in my classroom:
What I’ve found to work best in my classroom are the spinners. They can be spun quietly on an individual desk without causing too much disruption. The spinner also soothes if students spin them on their fingers (while listening or watching something-like a student presentation).
The 6-sided fidget cubes are good on the massage “stone” side, the joy stick or the 5 button side. The clicking “light switch” can be just as loud as a pencil tapping to nearby students.