Wetumpka elementary class turned into kinesthetic classroom

Published: Aug. 30, 2016 at 7:53 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 30, 2016 at 8:22 PM CDT
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WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - Remember sitting in class as a student and feeling the need to run around the room, or being unable to resist the urge to put your head on your desk and nod off?

A Wetumpka Elementary School teacher is keeping her students attention by encouraging them to bounce and move.

In Shay Nobles' third grade class, there are exercise balls for chairs and bikes instead of desks. It's the first kinesthetic class in the region.

Nobles says she originally wanted to be a physical education teacher, so she likes for her students to move.

She first implemented a few exercise balls two years ago as a way to reward children and then replaced all the chairs, switching out the desks with tables last year.

After noticing an improvement with her students, she decided more equipment was needed for her classroom.

So far, there are five peddle stations and she has more on the way including two more peddle stations, a three-person kneel and spin station, and standing stations with balance boards. All stations were purchased thanks to donations by parents and the community.

"If you are moving, you are retaining much more information and much research shows after you exercise, you are much more able to focus," Nobles said. "So when they come in and they are sitting there peddling, they aren't focused on what's happening around them. They are focused on what is in front of them or what I'm saying. So I think it's helped their attention span a lot."

According to the third graders, they love all the equipment. We even asked if they ever get tired from the bikes or exercise balls and they say it does the opposite, energizing them instead.

Bean bags, special seats, a couch, and a hammock are also sprinkled around the classroom for the children to use.

The hope is to one day make it a complete kinesthetic classroom with a type of moving station for each student.

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