RALEIGH – A Mathematics teacher in North Carolina is using a unique way – cycling – to keep her 8th grade pupils focused during the class.
Bethany Lambeth, a teacher from Wake County, says that ever since she installed cycling machines under her students’ desks, the quality of their work has improved greatly, they are more focused, and, most importantly, they are no longer fidgeting all the time.
“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,” she said. “There has been a huge increase in the quality of our student’s work and a decrease in the amount of missing work.”
‘PEDDLING AWAY PROBLEMS’
Lambeth installed the cycling machines at the end of last year, paying around $150 for each, which includes a warranty. The cost was covered by donations and a grant from the 4-C fund. Interestingly no taxpayer money was used, the Oddity Central reported.
After learning about the success of Lambeth’s project, school officials are particularly excited about the role cycling machines could play in Special Education classes.
Sofia Fedele, one of Lambeth’s students, said cycling helps her focus 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 added.
Quinn Spear, another student in Lambeth’s class, also acknowledged the health benefits of cycling during class. He told reporters that he had pedaled 5.5 miles and burned 133 calories, all before 10 am.