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How to be top of the class

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Earlier in the year we asked teachers from Riverside School in Worcestershire to scoot to school. We wanted to see if scooting made any difference to their lives in and out of school. And yes, to the lives of the little cherubs they are in charge of for eight hours a day. The real theory being...

HAPPIER SCOOTING TEACHER = HAPPIER CHILDREN = LESS STRESSED TEACHER = TEACHER FEELS BETTER ABOUT GIVING HIGHER MARKS = CHILD GENIUS = BECOMING A PARENT OF A NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNING HERO = WHO NEEDS A NEXT STEP?

The road to imaginary parent smugness began.....

....by splitting our group of eight teachers into two groups. Half were given scooters (lovely adult Micro scooters of course - see which ones here) and asked to use them to commute to and from school. The other half of the group were given the short straw and asked to continue using their favourite mode of transport. scootingteachers1 Throughout the eight week trial the scooting and non-scooting groups were asked to fill out questionnaires to measure the impact on their
  • commuting costs
  • fitness
  • relationships
  • road safety
  • motivation
  • self esteem

AND THE RESULTS?

Commuting Costs Scooting paid for itself after two weeks Scooting made the teachers feel more positive simply by using their cars less Fitness Scooting provided the teachers with convenient way to improve fitness compatible with their lifestyle Scooting kick started their motivation to get fit Scooting helped them to feel fitter and encouraged them to continue a fitness regime even when the study had ended Relationships Scooting allowed teachers to meet new parents and interact with them on a daily basis Scooting improved relationships with both children and parents The kids thought the teachers who scooted were cool Road Safety Scooting helped teachers understand what drivers need to consider when driving near scooters. Scooting made teachers further appreciate the need to wear a helmet Because pavements are congested, scooting taught teachers to be more aware of other users Scooting made teachers more aware of the need to teach road safety (luckily we have a scheme for just that here) Motivation Scooting made teachers feel more motivated in the mornings Scooting made teachers look forward to getting to school Scooting increased teachers energy levels Scooting ensured a better relationships with the kids Self-Esteem Scooting gave teachers more energy and improved their fitness giving them an overall feeling of well being Scooting enabled teachers to speak with parents from whom they got good feedback making then feel good. Scooting made them feel less likely to complain about smaller issues Teachers with children at the school scooted in with them and had fun doing so rather than the stress of driving Well who would of thunked it? We always knew children enjoyed scooting the school run but now we have the scientific-ish proof that teachers enjoy doing it too!. So for those of you who want an end to low test marks, devilishly hard homework and scary parent/teacher evenings you know what you need to do.... But in the meantime find out what kind of scooter rider your children's teacher could be by taking our quiz here Let us know how you get on. Should more teachers scoot to school? Could it happen in your school? Let us know in the comments below

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