In a traditional classroom setting long, long ago, teachers sat students in rows of five or six, in perfectly straight columns to maintain order and where all students were treated the same. Guess what? No one is the same, and if we were, it would be a pretty boring world to be in (not to mention those children who were learning in such a dull environment).
As my passion for connecting learning and emotions has begun to evolve, I have embraced the thinking outside the box, the not sitting still, and yes, the wiggles. The wiggle seat, or sensory seat as it sometimes referred to as, allows students to move around at a pace or rhythm that is comfortable with them that often helps with focusing and concentration.
If you can get past the constant bobble of heads, the end result is beyond worth it. Research has shown that students begin to fidget more when they are asked to process and comprehend new information rather than just hold on to it.
As a teacher or parent, it is just a matter of getting past your comfort level of having a little background movement going on while the learning process is under way. It may not be the best fit for everyone’s learning style, but it allows the student to begin to understand the power they can have in creating an environment that empowers them to look within themselves to be successful.
So if it’s just a matter of adjusting our comfort levels, aren’t the benefits worth their weight in gold?