Richmond Classroom Replaces Chairs with Stability Balls

Reported by: Mark Stitz
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Updated: 1/15/2013 6:19 pm
A group of second graders at Glenn Marshall Elementary School began using stability balls for chairs in December. The school is using the pilot program designed to better student grades on assignments and tests.

Second grade teacher, RaeAnna Fields, teaches the class using the stability balls and already notices a difference in her students. She said, "they seem to be more alert. They can't slouch on the ball. They can roll back a little bit, but they can't lay their had back on the back of the chair and take a little nap."

The students find the inflated rubber balls to be more comfortable than their old chairs.

Going into the program, safety was a concern for the students sitting on the balls, but Mrs. Fields said, "I've actually seen less students fall off the ball than fall out of chairs, so it has actually been a safer situation."

Any student using the stability balls is allowed to use a regular chair at any time.
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