Alternative Furniture Increasing Focus at Thoreau Elementary

At Thoreau Elementary School, FMPS funded a grant to provide disco-sits, stability balls, and rocking chairs to classrooms, and support to teachers on how to effectively use them. This alternative furniture allows children a little bit of movement, and all three examples have been shown to provide students with increased focus. Many students who have been diagnosed with disabilities, metal health concerns, or students who live in poverty, may have trouble regulating their attentiveness and emotions due to ‘life chaos’ or trauma. The program also focuses on giving students the language to express their needs and the tools to make good choices. Classrooms at Thoreau have enjoyed an increased sense of calmness, and students struggling with self-regulation have fewer reported incidents of disruptive behavior, or less severe outbursts.