Charleston, South Carolina, has a few things figured out. Students get to approach physical education in a whole new way, as part of an initiative focused on something dance teachers have known for a while: Movement equals better grades and behavior. Many of Charleston’s school kids get to experience this new approach to learning in a variety of ways: desks that double as exercise equipment; yoga class; advanced PE; and circuit-style training, in which they complete schoolwork while moving from one movement station (exercise bikes, stair-climber, basketball hoop) to the next.
While our readers aren’t new to the fact that movement-based lessons can make academic concepts easier to understand, it’s heartening to see Charleston taking such a big step forward. First step, yoga and advanced PE; next, dance!
Check out this video of students at Charles Pinckney Elementary School to get a better visual: