Okay, this sounds really stupid, but let me explain.
There have been multiple times in class where I will be fidgeting in one way or another - clicking my pen, spinning the pencil on my desk, tapping my foot, etc - and I don't even notice. It really does help me focus to do something along these lines. However, there are two problems with this:
- It doesn't make the best impression on teachers. While I've never had a teacher say anything to me (I get good grades, so it's not quite as big a deal) I still know it doesn't look like I'm paying attention.
- It occasionally bothers others, and when I don't notice that I'm even doing anything, let alone that others are bothered - well, I don't want to drive people nuts.
What are some polite ways to fidget - preferably something non-noisy, that should be one-handed so I could take notes, and is not a fidget spinner? (Those things drive me insane, and they're halfway to being banned everywhere anyway.)