Your Child and His or Her Fidgeting Behavior
Throughout the century, teachers has been concerned by the restless behavior the children in has been exhibiting. Fidgeting is the “act of moving about restlessly” or “to make restless or uneasy movements with something”. Fidgeting can be done with anything such as pens, table, hair, or toys. An example of fidgeting is when the child keeps on clicking a pen, tapping a pen on a table or he/she keeps on looking at anywhere in the room.
Children who fidget were commonly mistaken to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). People must not assume that all children who fidget have ADHD. Children who do not have ADHD but fidget sometimes find the class uninteresting and boring.
Some say fidgeting may be hereditary that the children who inherit it from their parents usually are oblivious of their behavior. Children you suspect who fidgets and does not concentrate may be check by asking their apprehension or knowledge on the subject being tackled. You may find that amidst the fidgeting and restlessness they are able to understand and comprehend the lesson.
Toleration and patience is the key to managing children who fidgets. Allowing them to have something with them will make the class more active and the children happy. Children being able to express themselves in a positive manner without anybody being hurt or any class disturbed are strongly encouraged.
Psychologists found out from studies that children who freely move their hands and do something learns much faster. For this reason fidgeting in class must not be prohibited but encouraged for increased and faster learning.
Teachers and psychologist always try to make ways to improve the children’s learning and make fidgeting in class subtler. Teachers tend to have alternative ways such as having the children to sit on stability balls. Stability balls decreased fidgeting significantly however it resulted to bad posture. Students are made to stretched and stand up after every half an hour to prevent the consequences of stability balls. Providing children with a stimulating environment such as squeezing balls will be able to help them learn and lessen fidgeting.
Fidgeting, in conclusion, is not a bad thing after all. Teachers do not have to be over concerned with fidgeting unless of course if it turns out to agitation and causes disruption in class. Moreover helping the kids to express in positive ways and modify their fidgeting you will be able to observe their attentiveness in class.