By Oklahoma News 4 KFORNEWS
A charter school has seen a dramatic decrease in bad behavior after adding an , or ABL, lab to their school.
The primary purpose of the is based on science. Research shows that physical activity and purposeful movement (combined with academics) can significantly increase academic achievement, and close learning gaps in students who are struggling with certain academic concepts. After implementing the , found the benefits extend well beyond academic improvement.
“The room is set up to where there are stations for team partners. Students come together with their class and take brain breaks. Academics is tied to the brain breaks,” said Ruthie Rayner, the principal of .
is one of 33 schools in Oklahoma with an like the one Rayner described.
“The for sure gets some energy out, and teachers love it because it is a place where they are moving and they’re getting energy out but they’re still focusing on some academic pieces,” Rayner said.
For example, the lab includes several , with that allow the students to practice math facts, and review content while moving.
“There’s truly brain scans that are showing that, when students are moving, their brains are more engaged in learning,” said Dana Chambers, an ABL coordinator.
opened their lab last year and, so far, the results have proven the system works in more ways than one.
“With the fidelity of using the lab, we started seeing our discipline data drop dramatically,” Rayner said.
For the month of December, for example, the year before last, there were 60 kids sent to the office for bad behavior. Last year, that number dropped to six.
“Getting students to move benefits not only their physical self but also their abilities in school. So, we are very excited to see our test scores come out this year,” Rayner said.
There are 67 schools in Oklahoma that use in Oklahoma, and 33 of those have .