Sure, they can be a nuisance! If your school has ruled them out then fair enough. If not, we have come up with 5 ideas that student leaders can implement to capitalise on the current enthusiasm surrounding fidget spinners.
1. Learn About Autism
Much has been said about the benefit that a fidget spinner can have for a student with autism. Why is this? Instead of us writing the answer here, why not invite a guest speaker to your school to talk about autism? Alternatively, you can do some research yourself and deliver a presentation or classroom workshop to teach your fellow students. (Fosters awareness of others.)
2. Build Recycled Fidget Spinners
Hold a competition for students to make their own fidget spinner. Create a rule that it must be created using items commonly found around the house, and award a prize to the student who invents the fidget spinner than spins the longest. (Fosters creativity, learning, and lunchtime interaction.)
3. Fundraise for Less Fortunate Children
Hold a fundraiser to buy fidget spinners to donate to a local children’s hospital or children’s charity. There would be many children who would love a fidget spinner if they were to be given one. Perhaps have ‘Fidget Friday’ where students are allowed to use fidget spinners for a specific time during the day and donate $2 for the privilege. (Fosters social awareness and generosity).
4. A Conversation Starter on Distractions
Obviously there are times when a fidget spinner can be a distraction to what is trying to be achieved during the school day. As student leaders, dedicate a specific conversation to identify whether there are other things that are distractions and could be minimised. A mature conversation might reveal things such as noise distractions, technology distractions, classroom layout distractions etc. (Fosters policy input.)
5. Scientific Analysis
Find a suitable opportunity in the learning schedule to deconstruct a fidget spinner and discover how it works (fosters scientific learning.)