Balls add stability to classroom

Watson Elementary School fourth-grader Brittany Zeckser
listens in class while sitting on a stability ball Wednesday a
t the school. The students' chairs were replaced with
stability balls provided to the school through donations.

For years, Leslee Wischmeier has struggled with students who were either too big or too small for the desk and chair combinations in her Watson Elementary classroom.

“This year, I had five different kids who were sitting on textbooks to get to the right height,” the fourth-grade teacher said. “I’d have kids with three textbooks underneath them or four or two to get them to the right height.”

That all changed a week ago when Wischmeier presented her students with stability balls to replace their chairs.

The large plastic balls are 55, 65 or 75 centimeters around and allow each student to sit most comfortably at his or her desk.

Wischmeier said she did a lot of research before ever bringing the balls into her classroom.

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