Fidget Spinners

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  1. Ms.Holyoke

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    I think people would feel differently if this was about a cell phone! As long as it isn't dangerous, students have the right to get their belongings back at some point. I think there should be steps like the following:

    1. Get it from the office at the end of the day
    2. Give it to the office and have a parent pick it up at the end of the week
    3. Parent can pick it up at the end of the year

    Honestly, I think that the majority of students would stop bringing their spinners after Step 2 (or even Step 1). However, taking it away forever is just not appropriate.
     
  2. otterpop

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    This seems like too much work. I think a good medium would be having the parent pick it up from me directly. Most students won't go through the trouble, but also no one can say anything was stolen.
     
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    Well, we have been spending a lot of time this year talking about being kind and sharing what we have with those who are less fortunate....
     
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    Makes sense to me! Whatever makes sense for the teacher and the school.
     
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    My toy policy originally was that they'd get it back at the end of the day. If it came back the next time (which it always did), it was mine until the end of the week. When the same toys kept coming back over and over and over from the same students, I made a blanket ban on all toys. Toys that come to school in my classroom get confiscated until the end of the year. The students that ignore the rules about toys in school are the ones keep bringing toys after getting them back from being confiscated. If the teacher has given multiple and fair warnings, and the student insists on bringing it to school, they are taking the risk of having it taken, stolen, or broken. Some teachers here give the warning that if they see a toy, it goes in the trash. I disagree with this practice, but at the same time maybe that's what it takes for kids to understand that toys don't belong in school.

    I have one student who has only stopped bringing toys because I've confiscated all of them. He literally has no toys left to bring to school because he was too stubborn to leave them at home.
     
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    ^
    I think your policy is completely fair! I'm just opposed to policies that permanently take a child's toy away or do not clearly let the child know how and when they can get their toy back.
     
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    I have collected 2--from the same kid! One on one day, the other the next day! Seriously?!
     
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    Where would be the fun in that?
     
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    My son,who is 27 turned up at home with one!
     
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    I teach kindergarten so the kids are naturally fidgety. I personally think they are ridiculous annoying and well just a waste of time. We didn't really have a problem with them until last week. It's like another poster said, One day they weren't there and the next they were every where. I for one warned my kids very sternly that if I saw them with it, it would be mine. No getting it back at all. That seems to have helped. None of my students have brought them to school, although they have talked about having them at home. For others in the grade level I just tell them to put it away and not bring it back to school.
     
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    unless your student has been 504'd and has a doctor who has diagnosed them as ADHD NO kid needs a fidget spinner.
     
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    Even then, a child doesn't need a fidget SPINNER, he needs a fidget tool. That tool may or may not be a spinner or it might be a squishy ball. Or a necklace. Or a number of things that aren't distracting to his peers.
     
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    In my last week at school we confiscated a metal spinner that was being used by a boy as a knuckle duster!
     
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    I am a SPED teacher and have seen fidgets work extremely rarely. IME 98% of the time the fidget ends up just distracting the kid more because they focus on playing with the fidget. I have seen a velcro strip on the inside of a desk work as well as a band around the legs of a chair for students to work their feet against. I have never seen any type of handheld fidget work. Some of our gen ed teachers have all of the students make them. My policy was to let students try bringing it to my room until it became a problem. I ended up taking every single one of them away within 5 minutes and now will tell students to leave them in their classrooms. I would never write "use of a fidget" into an IEP as an accommodation unless I had proof that it actually worked for the kid.
     
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    I go by The Golden Rule of Love and Logic when it comes to fidget spinners. As long as they don't interfere in the learning process or my teaching process, I'm good. The students who have them may not share them with other students or use them as toy weapons. They should still be working on assignments while utilizing the spinner. To me, if they work half as well as those stationary pedals Sarge has mentioned a few times, I welcome them, as long as students adhere to my one rule.
     
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    I didn't know those spinning things were for ADD/ADHD. I've been collecting them like crazy. I'm automatically, "I see it, I take it." My kids and parents know this. They just sit on my desk until the end of the year. Toys are never requested by the parents anyway.
     
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    As a student, i wanna answer - because they keep me occupied when I have nothing to do, they also help me concentrate because, I have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I created special youtube channel where i try to make some fidget spinners by my hands.
     
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    If you can concentrate long enough to make those things and organise a youtube channel then you should be able to concentrate in class.
     
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    I think that you are bright and focus well when the choice is yours. I will reserve judgement about the efficacy of the spinners, thinking that since making spinners appeals to you that you don't really need them when doing what you choose to do. Unfortunately, as a teacher, I am expected to teach all students in the room, and the spinners you enjoy will distract many students, canceling out the "aid" to one by keeping several others from being able to concentrate on instruction.

    If you are in a resource room and your teacher wants to use them as educational tools, that might be fine as long as the teacher is directing the use of the spinners. But the vast majority of spinners are being purchased and used as toys by students with no educational need. Not the answer you wanted, but still factual. Sorry, but I have to be responsible for the entire class.
     
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    Update... I haven't seen a single one yet this school year!
     
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    In NJ they are for sale everywhere, so I expect a bumper crop of them as school starts. Virtually every store that can reasonably display them is doing precisely that. The toy that seems to have multiple lives. . .
     
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    In a local mall there was a stall selling nothing but these things. I told the stallholder that I was going to confiscate his entire stock and thus save several hundred colleagues having to collect them in one by one.
     
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    Which he probably loved to hear. Since the kids would be down to his stall buying more....
     
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    I should say, I haven't seen a single one at school yet this school year. They were all over campus last spring. I guess the trend has faded for our students. They're in stores everywhere still here.
     
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    The trend is over. Ive seen one. I want about 5 of them cause they work.
     
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    You know. I kind of suspect this post indicates a lack of understanding of ADHD.
     
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    3 weeks into the school year, and I haven't seen one yet at our school either.
     
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    Update...a kid brought one to Meet the Teacher Night tonight. :grimacing:
     
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    I signed up for a player's card at the casino and they handed me one of these as my REWARD. I'm like, "Do you know how many of these I have in my desk?" :expressionless:
     
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    I understand ADHD. I meant what I wrote. Although one may benefit, multiple others will be distracted and fail to succeed. The spinners should be available only under the direct supervision of a teacher trained to administer the use of them.

    We wouldn't advocate ADHD medication for all students without proof that it worked, and I feel that the use of spinners should be under the direct supervision of teachers who can evaluate the need and efficacy of the spinners. An educational tool is completely different from spinners being used as distracting toys.
     
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    I didn't h have any problems with your post Vicki; it was thoughtful and considered multiple aspects and came to a reasoned conclusion based on your class.
     
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    Week #2 of school: Monday.

    They're back. I collected 4 of them this morning. 4!

    This is after a school-wide ban and a notice in my classroom letter.
     
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