Spinning into distractions with Fidgets

Erica Addington

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Picture of the common type of spinner seen around schools. (Photo provided by: Amazon Toys & Games)

By Erica Addington

 

Fidgets – the most recent big trend throughout schools. These little spinners have become a popular item among all schools, especially high school. The intent of these fidgets is to help students with ADD (Attention-Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) to focus more on class, but for other students is it a distraction?

Health and weights teacher Eddie Fierek says, “I definitely think it’s a distraction. When students sit there and play with those things, they don’t pay attention during class or to what the teacher is saying. I don’t mind them during free time, though.”

On the other hand, math teacher Tracie Mezera-Juarez says, “I think it depends on if the student actually has an attention deficient issue. I think for some students it actually helps them focus, but for others it’s just something to play with.”

Both Mezera-Juarez and Fierek say that in the average class period, they see around 4-5 students playing with fidgets. Sophomore Leah Thornton and junior Tony Jimenez both also say that they see at least five spinners per class period, and also agree that they are distractions.

“I mainly think that they become a distraction when you see someone else’s and want to compare and play with theirs too,” Thornton said and went on to say how she believes it becomes a secondhand nature thing after a while, which freshman Tristen Hendricks agrees with.

This new rave is not something that some students and teachers are raving over. Whether used as a toy or something actually useful to a student, it becomes a distraction for many.

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