The Problem with Fidget Spinners . . . is not the distractions. It’s not the noise. It’s not even the obsessive collecting. It ain’t the disruptions to classmates. It’s not the who’s-got-the-best-spinner drama either. It’s definitely not that they annoy some teachers. And it’s not that they may cost parents a lot of money.
It’s that kids need them. It’s that our youth – and our society in general – see school as an experience that is so mind-numbingly, torturously boring that we assume that kids need something to fidget with during it. It’s that learning, in many classrooms, is seen as a passive behavior and that students need something active to do with their hands while it happens.
Make learning experiences that make your students want to put their spinners away.