Blount County P.E. teacher turns fidget spinners into exercise equipment

Originally published Feb. 18, 2018 in The Daily Times.

By Amy Beth Miller

Leesa Taylor may be the only teacher who encourages students to use fidget spinners in her class.

While educators across the nation have banned the small spinning toys in classrooms and entire schools, Taylor bought several herself so students could use them in her physical education classes at Prospect and Rockford Elementary Schools.

In a classroom, the three-armed top with a weighted central disk can be a distraction or even dangerous, if students lose control while attempting a trick.

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