Anyone have experience with kinesthetic desks for kids?
June 17, 2014 8:51 AM   Subscribe

I'm considering investing in some kinesthetic desks for classrooms in my middle school. Anyone have any experience using these in a classroom context for middle school-age students?

They are quite pricey, but I also am in a school with a lot of kids who struggle with attention and staying seated during lessons and I'll invest in them if they work to help students stay focused and engaged with learning activities.
posted by archimago to Education (1 answer total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've never seen these before - they look expensive!

I have seen teachers do the following:
Attach a strip of Velcro tape to the underside of a desk. It has a strange texture to touch.
Give a kid a stress ball to squeeze
Teach a kid that trick where you flip a pen between your fingers in a seamless way
Allow a kid to chew gum or have hard candy
Put a footstool or even a padded wood lock under a desk for kids to move with their feet.
Incorporate movement into lessons - gallery walk, standing chant, learning games that involve moving to other locations in the room
posted by jander03 at 4:54 PM on June 22, 2014

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