What are the benefits of incorporating standing desks into classrooms?
Well...as schools reduce recess time every year, kids are becoming restless in the classroom. Sitting for 7 hours, especially in K-2 classrooms, is quite challenging for students.
As the number of diagnoses of ADHD rises, students experience fidgety behavior when asked to sit still for such a long time. Armed with recent research, educators are beginning to push for standing desks in their classrooms.
At Stand-A-Desk, we want to deliver the findings of the harmful effects of prolonged sitting in school. We also want to shed light on the health, behavioral, and educational benefits of incorporating standing desks into classrooms.
A Washington Post article explores the possible harmful effects of students sitting still during the day. Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist, suggests that the “reason many children are being diagnosed with ADHD, whether or not they really have it, [is] the amount of time children are forced to sit while they are in school.” When students are fidgeting, it is actually fueling brain activity to promote critical thinking and problem-solving. In the absence of movement, the brain gets lazy, and students are more likely to fall asleep.
Students that experience behavioral issues in the classroom can often be labeled as having ADHD. Additionally, children who learn kinesthetically can often be misdiagnosed with ADHD. A study conducted by Texas A&M University gave elementary school students stand up desks and found that standing “improved attention, on-task behavior, alertness, and classroom engagement.” Several teachers concerned that standing desks would promote more behavioral issues actually saw an improvement in classroom behavior.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 17% of U.S. children aged 2 to 19 years are considered obese, meaning they are at greater risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other health problems.
Luckily, standing desks can help children adopt a healthier lifestyle to lead to improving overall health. Research shows that children burn 114 more calories per day when standing at desks than when sitting. The findings are especially significant for overweight children: they burned 32% more calories by standing rather than sitting at a desk.
By incorporating standing desks into your classroom, you can promote learning, help students engage in a healthy lifestyle, and build a positive learning environment.
In the shift to virtual learning, incorporating standing desks at home has been more beneficial than ever. While students adjust to learning at home, staying active in learning can help students maximize learning.
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