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8th-grade teacher improves students' concentration with desk cycles

North Carolina eighth-grade math teacher Bethany Lambeth improves students' concentration with desk cycles. (Courtesy Paul Cory, Wake County Public School System via WENN)

Children fidget, it’s what they do, especially in class – or at least that was the observation of Wake County math teacher Bethany Lambeth.

Keen to help her class with their concentration (let’s face it, most need all the help they can get when it comes to math), Lambeth hit upon the idea of placing cycling machines under her kids' desks. And it worked!

"I think the world is changing a lot and the kids need to be able to do something different," Lambeth told local news station WRAL.

"What we've been doing is not necessarily working."

According to students at the school, pedaling helps them to focus.

"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 students' work and a decrease in the amount of missing work."

In addition to improving concentration, Lambeth’s students are also burning off calories. Quinn Spear told WRAL he pedaled 5.5 miles and burned 133 calories, all before 10 a.m.

"I'm a really energetic person, so this takes all my energy out," Spear said.

Each desk cycle costs less than $150, which includes a warranty. On this occasion, the cycles were paid for by a private donation and a grant from the 4-C fund. No taxpayer money was used.

School officials said they hope desk cycles will make an even greater difference in special education classes.

Seems like it won’t be long before the kids of Wake County are pedaling their way to success!

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