Educator’s Corner: Teachers Turn Craze Over Fidget Spinners Into Academic Lessons
[Source: Education Week, Teacher Beat]
Are fidget spinners helping antsy students to sit still and concentrate on their lessons, or are they just driving kids (and teachers) to distraction? Education Week‘s Kristine Kim explores the controversy over the toy’s classroom takeover in this Teaching Now blog.
Some schools have outright banned the twirling gadgets, or allow kids to operate them only if they follow strict rules. Yet some teachers have leveraged the craze as a way to teach writing, science, technology, and math, among other subjects.
Amy Garay, a 3rd grade teacher at Canopy Oaks Elementary in Tallahassee, Fla., uses fidget spinners as a jumping off point for all manner of lessons, reports the Tallahassee Democrat. In a science lesson, she guides her students to make hypotheses about how the spinners work.
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