This article was found on the Fast Company Website and certainly drew me in as a reader. This school has bikes instead of desks – their Read & Ride Program proves fruitful. Once again common sense trumps all with this ingenious idea. From the little delving I did it appears that this program started 5 years ago in Ward Elementary School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The school requested donations to make one whole classroom a Read & Ride space as an option for teachers to bring students throughout the day.
WOW! Why didn’t I think of this? We have tried bouncy balls with a handle, but reading or other classwork was too hard to juggle and these balls helped students that needed to move, listen better, but not read. This school in North Carolina is on the cutting edge, turns out the idea came from Scott Ertl, who started the program. “Riding exercise bikes makes reading fun for many kids who get frustrated when they read,” said Ertl. “They have a way to release that frustration they feel while they ride.”
Elementary school has always looked a little bit like training for a traditional office job: You show up at 8 or 9, sit at your desk, and fill out paperwork for most of the day. An average third grader might spend as much as six hours sitting in the classroom–only a little less time than the average office worker spends sitting at work. But as more offices realize that sitting all day long is actually pretty terrible for health and productivity, how long will it take schools to catch up?