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Article about Bouncing Ball at August Knodt Elementary School
Bouncing Education August Knodt Elementary School using bouncing balls to improve educational experience. By Joe Contreras Student Journalist Joeacontreras1@gmail.com When you think of your elementary school experience, you might recall sitting on a small, solid hard chair with four legs. This uncomfortable surface not only makes it difficult for students to concentrate, it also has the uncanny ability to make them fall asleep. At August Knodt Elementary School in Stockton, California, the staff has found a bouncing solution. Bouncing (Stability) balls are being used to allow students more variety and movement, which will hopefully help the students concentrate better as they learn. The principal of August Knodt Elementary School, Sherryl Price, is supportive of this seating initiative. Three classrooms are trying this seating initiative which includes a 2nd, 3rd, and 6th grade class. Sarah Guidry, a 2nd grade teacher for August Knodt explains her frustration with the typical classroom seating arrangements: “I was tired of seeing them slumped over on their desks, and zoning out”. Guidry also found that “when they (the students) choose where they work, they take ownership over that choice. They work harder, are more engaged.” Many of the students agree with this initiative. Brian, a second grader, has noticed a positive change in his concentration and states, “They (stability balls) help us wiggle around a little.” According to Kids Health from Nemours 1 out of 3 kids are now considered overweight or obese. This movement will help reduce obesity by making children more physically active in the classroom. The Nation Sleep Foundation states that 15% of children reported falling asleep during the day in the past year. A Stability Ball allows the student to use more concentration to remain balanced and in an upright position and that will prevent students from falling asleep during class. People don’t usually fall asleep when they are active. It seems that Stability Balls will help students have a more enjoyable elementary school experience, which will improve the students’ concentration in class. Therefore improve students’ knowledge and education.