I have ASD, ADD… and I am a teacher. I hate fidget spinners. With a passion. The conversation you want to have about spinners isn’t the one NTs in education are having. Fidget spinners are a PROBLEM.
Imagine you are standing in front of 25 13 year olds trying to teach them about poetry. You’ve got something for everyone: shel Silverstein, Plath, Tupac. But the kids aren’t hearing a word you are saying because 10 of the kids are playing with their spinners. Not a single one of them has any type of diagnosis. The kid with the diagnosis is playing with a cube instead.
Last week, you had to ban spinners from your classroom because one went flying across the room during a lesson. Now, even more kids want them and the challenge has become how to spin without getting caught.
Next class period, the kid with ADD has a spinner. And he can’t use it due to the ban. It’s not part of his IEP. I can’t be “nice” and let him use it anyway because all the other kids would whine about special treatment. I can’t explain because that would violate confidentiality.
And lest we forget — we also have the darling who has shoplifted the spinners and is selling them out of a backpack.
The only things spinners have been good for is stopping the bottle flipping trend.