2015 Teacher Grant
Recipient: Barb Gildersleeve – Pattengill Elementary School
Grant Amount Awarded: $3453
A Need To Move
An estimated 5-11% of children have ADHD Pattengill has 25% of their student body with medically diagnosed ADHD and many students still undiagnosed and struggling with impulsivity, lack of focus, and/or fidgety bodies.
Research Leads the Way
New research shows that children with ADHD have significantly impaired visual and verbal working memory. (Rapport – University of Central Florida) These students use movement to maintain the level of alertness requiered to perform tasks that challenge working memory.
Low Tech – High Rewards
Stand Up for Learning supplied “low tech” equipment meant to improve focus, on-task behaviors, completed assignments, and test scores in every classroom. This equipment is made available regardless of medically identified needs.
A Slew of Benefits
Both students and teachers report positive benefits of the Stand Up for Learning tools – Increased student self awareness of learning needs and appropriate ways to seek movement – Increased student self advocacy – Decreased verbal redirection and reminders by staff – Increased student alert state in order to access instruction – Increased student self esteem through inclusion of teaching tools into all classrooms. This resulted in acceptance of movement needs by students and staff