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Spin-Out? Fidget Spinners in the Classroom Get Mixed Reviews

They whirl and whir, flash and spin — some even glow in the dark. And unless you’ve been teaching under a rock or on a remote mountaintop, you know how quickly fidget spinners whizzed onto the scene and into backpacks, pockets and lockers of school kids everywhere. Marketed by some as a tool to help with focus, the spinners have sparked a heated debate among educators about their place in school. Are they useful tools for students who need help with attention deficits or distracting toys that should be banned from classrooms?

No matter your position on the fidget spinner debate, one thing is certain – they’re popularity isn’t winding down yet.

“They’re really fun,” says 7-year-old Jacob Lapham, a fidget spinning master who whirls them on his head, knee, and nose. He’s even developed a “magic trick” where he uses double-sided tape and spins one upside down from his fingertips.