Elementary teacher rolls out new idea to improve students' focus

CREATED Sep. 13, 2013

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SHOREWOOD - It's a new way to keep kids focused, but without the technology.

An elementary school teacher rolled exercise balls into her classroom to replace the chairs for her 24 third and fourth grade students.

Deb Sakai, a 25 year veteran in the classroom, says she's already seen an increased participation level and focus among her students.

She got the idea for exercise balls at a parent-teacher conference.

"I was talking with a parent and she sits on an exercise ball at home," Sakai tells TODAY'S TMJ4. "I started sitting on mine at home and I was sitting up straighter and more focused."

The exercise balls were made possible by another parent who jumped up and down about the idea - donating more than $1,000 to purchase the balls.