The fidget spinner and its many knock-offs made big news this year as the device became a must-have trend seemingly overnight. The toy has been touted as a gizmo that can do everything from improve concentration, relieve stress, treat ADHD, reduce nail biting and even alleviate smartphone addiction.
The growing influence of technology has been a cause for concern in classrooms, prompting the confiscation of gizmos by administrators and compelling teachers to pen reminders to parents about keeping distractions at home. However, in light of the popularity of devices for kids who seem to be natural-born fidgeters, educators must answer tough questions of how to improve concentration and reduce distractions in the classroom — especially for nontraditional learners. These techniques may be equally, if not more, effective than spinners and other toys.
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