The students at Westmount Charter School in Calgary are movers and shakers. Literally. The school is the very picture of a progressive learning environment from its shared educational spaces to its classrooms.
So, when Fitneff approached the school about trialling Stand2Learn desks designed for students in the classroom, Jr. High humanities teacher and two-time Olympian, Mark Knoll, jumped at the opportunity to get his students moving and learning at the same time.
Melissa Gage is a 6th grade teacher in Etobicoke, Ontario. Melissa has been teaching for 15 years, so she knows a thing or two about children, and what they need in the classroom. When Melissa first heard about standing desks designed for students, she was keen to look into it. Fitneff provided Melissa with two Student Standing Desks for her classroom, and then we asked for her feedback.
The purpose of a sit-stand desk in the classroom is to allow students to remain productive and engaged in learning while they easily move between sitting and standing. Studies have shown that the use of sit-stand desks in the classroom comes with many benefits including improved memory and focus, increased student engagement and increased test scores. While all of this evidence is extremely positive, there are still many outstanding questions. Here are the answers to some of your most pressing questions.