I watched the finals of the National Spelling Bee last night. After the seventh round, only one girl was left, Isabel A. Jacobson, a 14-year old from Madison, Wisconsin. She was wearing every bracelet she owned on one arm...25 and counting. They were described as her good luck charms, but I think they were more than that. As Isabel explained, "I don't know why it works. Maybe it's because looking at sparkling things keeps me calm."
Visual tools often help students focus and attend. We see this in the classroom as kids use a variety of items to keep alert by gazing at them. What appears to be a potential distraction may in fact be a very useful thing!