“It’s like a friggin’ siren song. The allure of someone else’s spinner spinning is too much to bear.”
You may have spotted one of these “fidget toys” these here interwebs or IRL recently.
Similar to stress balls (or doodling in your notebook's margin) from days of yore, the toys give you something to do with your hands when you're concentrating.
Proponents of fidget widgets — which are aimed at people of all ages — say that having something to fidget with reduces anxiety, improves memory, and helps people concentrate, and claim that the toys can be especially helpful for kids who are on the autism spectrum or have ADHD.
Spinning toys currently occupy every one of the top 20 bestseller slots in “Toys and Games” on Amazon.
As a result, they’ve become super popular with students…and a lot of teachers are not here for it.
“The only thing my students seem to focus on, however, is the spinner, itself, and not their work,” teacher Cristina Bolusi Zawacki recently wrote on Working Mother. “It’s like a friggin’ siren song. The allure of someone else’s spinner spinning is too much to bear. What color is it? What type is it? What shape is it? What’s it made of? How many arms does it have? Are there removable ball bearings in it? What are THOSE made out of? Those are the worst part of these fidget spinners. When the ball bearings fall out in the midst of excessive, overzealous spinning and clatter all around my classroom floor mid-lesson, and they always do, it sounds like Plinko … in hell.”