Physical activity – whether it’s team sports or play time – has been linked to better success in schools and improved health.1
Yet many classrooms have faced shortened recess times to accommodate more instruction and test preparation time, as well as budget cuts that have eliminated extracurricular sports and dramatically shortened physical education classes. Additionally, classrooms have seen a rise in technology that have led to more sedentary behavior.
“We are finding that with standing desks in schools – the children are more focused and more on task. This is great news for teachers – they don’t have to stop and discipline and correct behavior. But it’s really great news for all of the students from an academic perspective because when a teacher can continue to teach and not have to discipline…everyone’s learning level can increase.”
- Dr. Mark Benden, Director of the Ergonomics Center at Texas A&MIn your service;
Standing desks can increase calorie burn by 17-35% and decrease BMI percentile by 5%. Achieving and maintaining a healthier weight is linked to increased confidence and self-esteem, which is directly tied to attendance rates.2
Moving more and sitting less in class can lead to 3-5% improvement on test scores.3
Standing desks lead to better focus and attention in class. Students have more eye contact with teachers and 7-9 more minutes of engagement per hour – an increase of up to 15%.4
Both research and teachers suggest that classrooms that offer students more flexibility to move have reduced incidents of behavioral disturbances, fewer distractions, and improved collaboration.5
"Thanks for following up! The desk is beautiful. We have more than one child using it and all children are enjoying it. Some find it a bit too tall (it is on its lowest height), but we are saying that it is encouraging them to grow! The child that we had in mind when ordering the desk is using it on a regular basis and we are noticing an increase with his sense of focus as he is able shift from foot to foot while standing. This accommodates his need to consistently move, while still completing his work. We are grateful to our administrator for ordering it."
Lisa L., St. Catharines
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1 Barros, Romina M., Ellen J. Silver, and Ruth E.K. Stein. “School Recess and Group Classroom Behavior.” Pediatrics, 123, 2, February 2009. 2 Benden, Mark E., Christina Jeffrey, Monica L. Wendel, and Hongwei Zhao. “Stand-Biased Versus Seated Classrooms and Childhood Obesity: A Randomized Experiment in Texas.” American Journal of Public Health. 106, 10, August 2016. 3 Benden, Mark E., and RK Mehta. “Standing Up for Learning: A Pilot Investigation on the Neurocognitive Benefits of Stand-Biased School Desks.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13, 1, December 2015. 4 Benden, Mark E., Jamilia Blake, Marianela Dornheckera, Monica L. Wendel, and Hongwei Zhao “The effect of stand-biased desks on academic engagement: an exploratory study.” Journal of Education and Health Promotion, 53, 5 April 2015.