Action Based Learning Classroom Carts for Middle and High School
ABL Classroom Carts are portable and assist in creating a school wide environment of Action Based Learning for Middle School and High School Students (Grades 6 -12th). Carts include age appropriate equipment and activities, designed to assist the educator in teaching and meeting standard curriculum requirements.
All ABL equipment and support materials included on the cart are geared for accommodating curriculum in: Math, ELAR, Social Studies, and Science.
Action Based Learning Classroom carts include
ABL Carts include support materials, Academic Charts, Student and Teacher Cue Cards, Activity Guides, ABL Academic Mats, and ABL accessories and equipment that can be quickly pulled off the cart and used in the hallways, classroom & common areas
How do the carts function at the middle and high school level?
- This is not a program, but a teaching tool for educators, and learning tool for students.
- Equipment allows teachers to integrate academics with physical movements to help students anchor learning.
- Educators can also use the cart activities without academics, for quick purposeful movement activities that prepare the brain to learn throughout the day!
- Portability means cart can be shared between classrooms, and adapted to fit various content areas within the subject.
Why are purposeful movement activities important?
Neuroscience shows the relationship between the brain and body plays a critical role in the student'sability to learn. Research shows, practicing specific movements, can strengthen these connections and improve reading, writing, memory tasks, & allow students to absorb & retain information more efficiently.
ABL Classroom carts are a budget friendly and efficient way to implement Action Based Learning Strategies to reach more students to increase activity throughout the school day and create an active school culture.
What types of purpose movement activities are critical to learning?
There are 12 critical areas necessary for a student to develop in order to achieve their full academic potential. These are called the 12 Foundations of Learning Readiness:
1- Crossing the Midline - Cross Lateralization
2- Body in Space - Vestibular/Proprioception
3- Balance - Spatial Orientation
4- Visual Development - Encoding Symbols
5- Rhythm - Beat Awareness and Beat Competency
6- Tactile Learning- Sensory Motor and Fine Motor Skills
7- Motor Skills - Locomotor and Nonlocomotor Skills
NEW Tabletop Upgrade: Swap out the standard blue tabletop color for whiteboard tabletop
Pedal Desk Benefits:
Increases student engagement in the classroom
Improves Academic Achievement
Improves mood and behavior
Students are excited to learn
Brain Based Movement:
The pedal desk is designed specifically to put the brain and body into its most optimal learning state.
Promotes Low intensity steady state movement (LISS), crossing the midline, optimizes blood flow and oxygen to the brain, & Activates BDNF, coined "Miracle Gro" for the brain by Dr. John Ratey. BDNF activates the brain in the process known as neurogenesis- the growth of new brain cells.
Pedal Desk Features:
Manufactured in the USA - Action Based Learning is the Manufacturer of the Original Pedal Desk. All Pedal Desks are steel welded and built for high frequency use in school settings. Desks are designed to hold up against even the most "active" students. Includes 10 yr direct from mfg extended warranty and factory direct discounts for schools.
Designed specifically for this age group to support proper posture and movement appropriate for elementary age students.
Silent, non distracting movement
Rear Foot Levelers can be adjusted for all floor types, and can accommodate uneven floors
Adjustable Seat Height and tabletop height
Tabletop lies flat for reading & writing in the classroom
Movement is user powered, there is no resistance on elementary pedal desks. Based on brain research, adding a certain level of exertion during the learning process can actually work to counteract the benefits of moving. The Pedal Desk for elementary students is designed to activate Low Intensity Steady State Movement (LISS). To learn more about LISS, view the Science and Research behind Action Based Learning)
CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION Children with pedals under their desk can work their legs in a motion similar to a bicycle, while participating in classroom discussion, or doing their classwork. Desk is user powered, making movement optional! Although rare, students not interested in moving, have the option to relax and listen in class!
PARTNER WORK While one child pedals, their partner stands on a balance board on the opposite side of the pedal desk.
ADD ACADEMICS Teachers use the pedal movement to engage students in countless activities! For example: Students answer questions during instruction by either pedaling forward, backward, pausing, speeding up, or slowing down pedaling!
MORNING WAKE UP - Start the morning off right with a brain booster! Have students warm-up their brains with a Walk & Talk session ( suggested classroom activities provided by author Shoecraft, Lengel, Moize in ABL Books & Manuals)
GO FULLY KINESTHETIC! Outfit an entire classroom with multiperson pedal desks, and various movement stations (video below). Research indicates variety is KEY when implementing alternative seating and kinesthetic desks into an active classroom
OR START SMALL -start with 1 single pedal desk into your classroom & implement rotation schedule for all students to benefit from the movement!
What are the benefits of the balance desk?
The balance desk is simple to use while engaging students with purposeful movements. Students use ﬂexion and extension to propel the balance board forward and backwards while engaging in classwork on the large built in desk. The simplicity of the movement is what makes this one of the most popular among the students. The balance desk promotes a fundamental process to learning, crossing the midline
Why is crossing the body's midline important?
Crossing the body midline is an important developmental skill needed for many everyday tasks such as writing, reaching towards your foot to put on a shoe and sock with both hands and hitting a ball with a bat. When your child spontaneously crosses the midline with the dominant hand, then the dominant hand is going to get the practice that it needs to develop good fine motor skills. If your child avoids crossing the midline, learning to write will be much more difficult as they will have two less skilled hands rather than one stronger, more skilled hand. Difficulty crossing the midline also makes it difficult to track a moving object from one side to the other or track from left to right when reading, meaning reading can also be delayed.
KC-904 Hydraulic Sit/Stand Desk
KC-904 Mobile Sit/Stand Desk
Tabletop height adjusts to fit elementary through adult classrooms!
Students can quickly adjust from seated to standing with easy adjust lever
Wheels for Portability - Allows students and teachers to move around the classroom or room to room with ease and minimal disruption.
Large desk surface is perfect for tablets, laptops, and partner work
Optional Markerboard Tabletop Upgrade ($44)
Group Activities made easier, with unlimited variations and desk set-up
Wheels lock for stability
Sit/Stand option allows for boomerboard or balance board underneath for partner work and added variety
Adjustable Range 29”- 41”
Tabletop Surface 28.25” Wide
4 Person Yoga Table
The four-person yoga/reading table allows for mindfulness in the classroom. Students learn and engage in the classroom while sitting in positions most comfortable for them on their individual yoga seats (cushions) and working quietly on the floor table.
Includes (4) 13" sensory seat cushions
Dimensions: 42" x 42" x 13"
Product Weight: 40lbs
Why is Mindfulness Important and Relevant in the Classroom?
Mindfulness aids the brain in anchoring information and improves memory retrieval, preparing the brain to take a test, and combining many skills for higher level thinking. Mindfulness, as often described in young children, is the practice of paying attention in a very special way. It teaches children to build an awareness of oneself, others, and one's surroundings. Specifically, mindfulness training can help with observing, detachment, and self-compassion.
6th-12th Pedal Desk
The pedal desk is our most popular desk! The pedal motion is similar to a bicycle and kids love it! Children with pedals under their desk can work their legs while they work. Students pedal while they participate in regular classroom activities, and since the pedals are silent, they don't interfere with classroom instruction or activities.
Meet with your ABL Expert for a tour of a school near you! Checkout an Action Based Learning Lab or Kinesthetic Classroom in Action! Allows educators the opportunity to talk with principals, teachers (and students!) to learn more about ABL.