Richmond Schools Replace Chairs With Stability Balls

RICHMOND, VA—Teachers in some Richmond elementary schools are taking a creative approach to increasing students' academic performance.

Teachers are removing classroom chairs and replacing them stability balls.

A study focused on improving learning and reducing obesity by making students more active found that the ability to move around while sitting made students more attentive.

Findings from that study are being implemented in different Richmond City schools.

The ball chairs channel students' physical energy into a different channel and increase the students' ability to focus on the task at hand, teachers say.

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Copyright 2013 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond.

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