Pedaling Pupils: Results indicate improvement in children performance
Have you ever imagined yourself studying while cycling at the same time? Well, I bet your thought is that you will not concentrate and eventually fall down or stumble into some bus. That will most definitely kill you if it won’t inflict horrible injuries.
But what if you were to pedal while seated down? Not just seated doing nothing, but seated while studying. That makes me want to remind you of some of the long boring classes that you had to attend while in school.
There were these classes that never seem to have an end. As the lesson teacher was busy uploading information in your brain, you were all lost in your own world of fantasy. There was nothing to encourage concentration and by the time the lesson came to an end, you walked out practically the same way you came in.
A United States schoolteacher did not want to be like the rest. In her attempts to be a unique mathematics teacher, Bethany Lambeth introduced pedal power in her classroom so that the pupils can be able to pay attention and in the end increase their performance significantly.
The Martin Middle School teacher in North Carolina said that this stopped the children from moving up and about in the classroom.
She placed bicycle pedals under their desks as this would divert their energy and in the end it did wonders to their grades.
“Because they’re sitting still all day long they start to get restless and start tapping their desks and their feet are moving about,” she said.
“They’re not doing it to be defiant – it’s just about being able to move.”
Ms Lambeth used to be a primary school teacher where she said children participated more in PE and this gave them much power than the current 11 to 14 year olds that she teaches.
Where did she get the idea from?
She says that she read an article in which primary pupils read with pedals beneath their desks. She made up her mind to try it as well.
“I didn’t tell the students what they were for but just put them under the desks and said ‘see what you think of this’,” she said.
“There are 10 bike pedals and 14 desks so they don’t have to use them. They are silent and kids can change the tension so if they feel they have more energy they can crank up the tension.”
After a week, some pupils came to her saying they were able to pay attention and participate more. They ended up doing better in their tests.
The pedals were purchased with the assistance of Wake County Public School System and they cost $180 (£138) each.