Quebec school says 10-minute sessions can also boost concentration An elementary school in Canada has hit upon a novel way of getting over-excited children to burn off excess energy – by sending them out of the classroom to pedal on exercise bikes.
Allion Elementary School in LaSalle, Quebec, has put four of the bikes, plus a pint-sized one for the youngest kids, in a corridor, reports CTV News Montreal ( link to video (link is external) ).
Teachers at the bilingual school can send children out of lessons to spend to time on the bikes, and students themselves can also request a time out.
One pupil said: "I come down here, relax, get a book, read for ten minutes then after I go back upstairs and do the rest of my work.”
The school’s principal, James Benn, said there were benefits in bringing together physical exercise and traditional learning methods such as reading.
"It’s an opportunity for our students who need a bit of movement to come down, take a break," he explained."We find some of our students are a little more productive after they’ve had an opportunity to get a little excess energy out."He added: "If a student appears to be edgy […]