Fifth grade students are pedaling as they learn, energizing their brains with cycling workstations.
At Granby Elementary School, teacher Tina Swearengin wants to use bike desks so that fifth graders keep their focus while staying fit.
She arranged to buy five cycling workstations by raising $1,800 through Donorschoose.org for her social studies classroom. On the first day, students put the bikes together and rode a total of 127 miles.
“Being an intermediate teacher, I can recognize and empathize with the reality of sitting still and engaged for 80-minute class periods,” Swearengin said. “My teaching partners, principal and I had many discussions on how to best help kids stay focused during class periods.
“I had read several articles discussing the benefits of riding a stationary bike while reading and studying,” she said. “After speaking with my principal, we decided to write a grant on DonorsChoose.”
The student really like the new ability to move while studying. “Being able to ride helps me work faster than when I sit at my (regular) desk,” said student Jackson Jones.