Teacher swaps student chairs for stability balls

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The bouncing and bobbing heads of second-graders in a Center Grove Elementary School classroom prompt questions and strange looks, but their teacher is already seeing the benefits of her students’ new seats.

This school year, Jena Kennedy switched out her students’ traditional desk chairs with purple, 2-foot-tall stability balls. Most of her students prefer sitting on the balls because they can keep moving, even while learning math, language arts and other subjects.

“You get to jump, you get to roll, you get to move around on the ball,” second-grader Andrew Pollard said.

And that’s fine with Kennedy, since her students are listening to more of what she’s teaching.

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