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Michelle Schmidt

Michelle has been writing for Inland360 since 2012, with a particular affinity for stories that involve adventure, creativity, cultures or anything outdoors. She can be reached at themichelleschmidt@gmail.com or at 208.305.4578.

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  1. John D. Smith

    As a seventh and eighth grade ELA teacher, I saw the appearance of the spinners in about April or May. Before I banned them outright, I researched the scientific viability of the spinners, in how much they do or do not help students focus. I was not able to find any research to support the idea “spinners” actually assist fidgeters in focusing in class. The toys often cause an opposite effect. [http://time.com/4775458/shoddy-science-behind-fidget-spinners/] and [https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2017/05/19/heres-the-science-behind-the-fidget-spinner-craze/#3af09f6f3af0] There is some research to support the viability of fidget “cubes,” but either way, this fad leaves me scratching my head. When I discussed this “fad” with my students, I asked them if anyone had ever heard of “POGS.” We then had a discussion about the real reason spinners, POGS, Pokemon, etc. come and go so quickly. Did it it work? Did students stop bringing them to my class? (The collection in my desk drawer is ever-growing.) –John

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