Per our original goal, we sent out an anonymous year-end survey last week to participating staff to get their feedback on the students’ use and responses to the Hokki stools. 7 of the approximately 10 staff who received a Hokki stool responded to the short survey and completed it via an online or paper copy. We asked for their thoughts on some specific questions we had and included a box for additional comments on each of the 6 questions. Here are the results:
Question 1: I noticed the following in my students when using the Hokki stool in class:
|Behaviour||Number of responses (/7)|
|More focused during instruction, work time||5|
|Able to stay in one spot for longer periods of time||4|
|Less calling out||2|
|Able to problem-solve more effectively||2|
|Less need for physical breaks either in or out of class||3|
- I wanted to “click” more than just one of these (editor’s note: a response was added each of the behaviours, except “no difference”).
- All of the above, excluding “no difference” (editor’s note: a response was added to each of the behaviours indicated).
- Had to remove stool due to excessive fidgeting.
- Even with specific instructions, explanations and demonstrations, it was actually more of a distraction.
Question 2: It would be of benefit to my students if I had a Hokki stool in my classroom next year.
- More than one stool, please.
Question 3: It would be of benefit to my students if I had more Hokki stools in my classroom next year.
- 3 or 4 at least
Question 4: The Hokki stool was used by more than one student this year.
- It was used all day by various students sharing it.
- I certainly would have used more if I had the resources to do so.
- I used the Hokki stool primarily for one student because he was in the most need. However, I can see how having (a) communal Hokki stool would be of benefit. If I had a second chair, it would definitely have helped other students focus or channel their energy in a positive direction. I would love to see Hokki stools as part of a regular classroom.
Question 5: My students used a schedule for access to the Hokki stool.
- All the kids had their name in a cup, and a name would be drawn for the next person’s turn.
Question 6: If I have a Hokki stool next year, I would like support to teach the students how to appropriately use the Hokki stool.
After 3 months of use in our primary and early intermediate classrooms, we now have some good feedback to help inform future decisions around the Hokki stools at Cliff Drive Elementary School. On the surface it appears that the stools were helpful for their intended purpose, that of focusing on the self-regulatory needs of their younger students to help increase their learning capacity. Not all students experienced a benefit, which is not unexpected, as the stools are not intended as a one-size fits all solution for their SRL needs. However, they were clearly appreciated and well-utilized by the majority of the targeted classrooms, which is great news. Our thanks go out the PAC once again for committing to committing funds for this new strategy!