Perhaps two of the best things a student can do for his future are read and exercise. That’s why Ward Elementary school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, decided to try to make the two activities, but at the same time.
Behind the complex include a trailer and it balance bikes for toddlers only different books in them. This is part of the “Read and Ride” program and is just as the name says, reading and cycling. Teachers bring their students usually for 15 minutes to burn energy and read different books.
The initiative also seeks to find other ways to increase productivity. A primary student must be on average sitting at a desk about six hours and while growing concerns about the damage that has for concentration and health being seated for many hours, this option is seen as a possible escape.
We had already written about other similar initiatives, seeking to break the pattern of students and make the exercise as an ally in teaching. One example is the desktop stand, we spoke in this note.
The program began five years ago. This classroom is equipped with bicycles and teachers bring their students at different times of day. The premise is simple: while pedaling, also read.
He began performing with the idea of burning calories. But it turned out that students in addition to exercise, learning more. The same school analyzed the data at the end of that school year and concluded that students who had been longer in the program, had achieved higher reading skills by 83%, while those who spent less time in the program, had only 41% improvement.
Even some ordinary school rooms have an extra bike in the corner, so that the children are restless and can not sit still, to use.
“The exercise bikes make it entertaining reading for many children who are frustrated when they read,” he told Fast Company Scott Ertl, one of the educators who started the program. “They have a way to release that frustration while riding bicycles.”
The teachers explained that the same frustration for many was not easy to release it for example in gym class because many overweight students have to deal with sports and activities that do not want to fail or embarrass. In contrast, stationary bikes are able to find their own level and overcome individually, without comparing it with the rest.
It also serves to encourage reading. Being on a bike gives you the feeling some children, that a book can be read anywhere.
“Many students associate reading with sitting at a desk,” said a teacher of that establishment. “Somehow opens their eyes and teaches them that they can get a book and accompany them wherever”.
That’s why Read and Ride has spread to 30 other schools in United States.