A teacher in North Carolina devised a method for her eight grade students to channel their energy in a unique way, that is cycling, who were having problems regarding focusing during math class.
The teacher from Wake County, Bethany Lambeth, has observed that not only the quality of her students’ work has improved immensely, but also they are more focused and not fidgeting anymore since the installment of the cycling machines under their desks, no matter how unusual it may seem to be conducted during math class.
“Before, they were drumming on their desks, they were touching other people, they don’t do that anymore. Their feet are getting the movement out. There has been a huge increase in the quality of our student’s work and a decrease in the amount of missing work.”
She also added:
“(The kids) are not picking on each other, they are not needing to walk around, they are not needing to go explore, they are able to get their activity out and get their work done. I think the world is changing a lot and the kids need to be able to do something different. What we’ve been doing is not necessarily working.”
The cycling machines were installed by Lambeth at the end of last year, paying around $150 for each including a warranty. Donations and a grant from the 4-C fund covered the cost. . No taxpayer money was used, but judging by the results observed by the Wake County teacher, this might be a solution authorities might want to look into. School officials are exceptionally excited about the role that the cycling machines are capable of playing in Special Education classes after the successful launch of Lambeth’s project.
Well, we all know that kids love the new toys. One of the students of Lambeth, Sofia Fedele told that the cycling helps her a lot in concentrating on her work during class. “I usually tap my feet and stuff…just because it keeps me focused,” she said, adding that pedaling is much better. “It keeps me exercising and focused,” she explained to WRAL.
Another Lambeth’s student, Quinn Spear, also admitted about the health benefits of cycling during class. While talking to reporters, he told them that he had pedaled 5.5 miles and burned 133 calories before 10 a.m.