Start the School Year on the Right Foot

Start the School Year on the Right Foot

by Heather Lielmanis August 25, 2016

For many of us, September is a time of renewed energy and new beginnings. This is true especially for teachers and students who are about to start another new school year. Teachers now have new reason to feel encouraged about the year ahead thanks to new research and new equipment. The recent introduction of stand-biased desks, designed for the classroom, allows educators to incorporate movement into the school day in their classrooms as never before. This is exciting news for teachers and students alike because movement, or increased physical activity throughout the school day, can increase the likelihood of a successful school year for all involved. 

Physical activity during recess and regularly scheduled Phys Ed classes are critical to both the health and education of children. And educators are now able to introduce movement into the classroom in a way that does not take away from valuable instruction time. Stand-biased desks allow students to move easily between sitting and standing while they are actively engaged in the classroom without disrupting their studies.

sit-stand desk, back to school

According to Dr. Mark Benden, Director of the Ergonomics Center at Texas A&M University, and designer of the original Stand2Learn desk, this phenomenon is referred to as “postural variety.” That is, students have the maximum flexibility to choose between sitting and standing while in class, allowing optimum movement when participating in a learning environment. 

Stand-biased desks in the classroom have proven to offer many benefits for students, including an increase in student engagement and improved cognition, among others. Just this week, Dr. Benden and his team published a study that indicates that standing desks in classrooms have also shown to slow the increase in elementary school children’s body mass index (BMI)—a key indicator of obesity—by an average of 5.24 percentile points. The research was published in the American Journal of Public Health

In addition to the benefits for students, the many benefits for teachers are also compelling. Having more engaged, more alert students in the classroom is certainly positive, but the perks can extend even further, including:

  • Improved Classroom Management – Studies have shown that when children stand during the school day, classroom attention & engagement increase.
  • Improved Mental Health – Movement is good for the mind as well as the body, and it helps to release mood-lifting endorphins. Stand-biased desks encourage students’ activity both mentally and physically.
  • Strengthen Collaboration – People are more creative, think better, and are more open to teamwork when standing versus sitting.
  • Fewer classroom distractions – With a stand-biased desk, students are able to focus on instruction rather than on the discomfort they experience when sitting in chairs that may not fit their growing bodies.

The research creates a compelling story to support movement in the classroom as stand-biased desks can improve the classroom experience for teachers and students alike.  A fresh start to another academic year is full of anticipation and promise. In addition to the traditional supplies required at the beginning of the school year, stand-biased desks should be considered for the best outcome possible.  

 

 

 




Heather Lielmanis
Heather Lielmanis

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Fitneff is dedicated to providing innovative products and solutions that help busy people make their productive time more active. Fitneff offers a full suite of walking desks, sit-stand desks and active accessories that allow you to incorporate movement into your day at work, at home, and at school. Email: heather.lielmanis@fitneff.com Direct: 1-416-727-4328 @hlielmanis



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