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Standing in School

Making the classroom an active place

Kids are meant to move! That’s why standing desks in the classroom make sense, encouraging healthy behavior that leads to physical and academic improvements in students.

Kids standing, kids learning

Problem Today’s sedentary lifestyles are affecting our youth and their classroom performance.

Challenge How do we increase in-class physical activity to help our students’ overall health and performance?

An ideaA Solution Transform classrooms into active learning environments with mobile, height-adjustable student desks.

The Active Classroom

A comment consistently heard in teaching circles is that it’s unreasonable to ask kids to sit and pay attention for six hours a day throughout their school years. With school schedules edging out physical education and recess, one way to reintroduce activity is by integrating it into the general curriculum.

Physical activity in the classroom offers students and teachers new ways to engage the curriculum. With a space that promotes movement, at a personal level children can feel empowered with a sense of physical autonomy, while at the class level, new opportunities arise for group configurations and interaction.


Getting Started Kit

Getting Started To help schools “roll out” an active classroom, we’ve assembled this Start Up Guide. In it you’ll find ideas about how you can use mobile student desks. With Ergotron LearnFit® Standing Desks serving as the vehicle, you can see how to create your own truly dynamic environment that’s just right for your class.

Spotlight Case Studies: Standing in the Classroom
Classrooms in Action

Watch interviews of teachers and students

Did You Know?

  • Over the last three decades, many school districts have eliminated physical education requirements or reduced recess opportunities. This correlates with a tripling of the childhood obesity rate as two out of three kids today don’t get recommended levels of activity.
  • Active learning styles can help reduce childhood obesity: Standing provides clear health benefits as it increases heart rate, maintains insulin effectiveness and burns more calories.
  • Maintaining low-level physical activity—such as standing in the classroom—results in greater student attention. Increased blood circulation and oxygenation leads to alert students. “Standing actually improved attention, on-task behavior, alertness and classroom engagement.”
  • Sustained healthy metabolism leads to better focus, which has a positive effect on test scores. “Children who are more active performed better on standardized tests, and showed greater attention and faster thinking skills than did children who are less active.”
  • Stand-biased desks in classrooms are an effective way of reducing sedentary behavior (prolonged sitting) in a diverse sample of children.
LearnFit Testimonial
LearnFit Testimonial
Apr 2017 Standing Up for Learning
Classrooms are incorporating options that create learning micro-ecosystems that best fit student needs and a healthy lifestyle. One way this is taking shape is through implementation of sit-stand desks.
Publisher: The Learning Council
Sep 2016 Standing desks making big impact at Providence school
When it comes time to hit the books, some prefer to do so standing instead of sitting. A school has been ditching chairs thanks to a donation of standing desks.
Publisher: WPRI Eyewitness News, RI
Jan 2016 Stand up desk trend hits Andover High
Sit or stand? Some students at Andover High School have the option after teacher Richard Wilkie launched an experiment with Ergotron LearnFit desks.
Publisher: Fox 9 News, MN
Dec 2015 School adds standing desks to classrooms
An Alexandria, Virginia, school adds standing desks to its middle school classrooms to improve students’ focus and increase their physical activity.
Publisher: CNN
Dec 2015 Pupils told to stand up in class as activity study expands
A class at a Bradford primary school in the UK is the first in the country to test out new custom-made desks which could lead pupils to become more active.
Publisher: Telegraph & Argus
Sep 2015 School Debuts Standing Desks for Classrooms
Alexandria Country Day School greeted students upon their return from summer vacation with a unique addition to their classrooms: Standing desks.
Publisher: Old Town Alexandria Patch
Aug 2015 Stand up and be counted
A study from Loughborough University reveals that standing desks in schools could help tackle the problem of sedentary behaviour in kids.
Publisher: Independent Education Today
Jul 2015 Standing desks at schools: Solution to childhood obesity?
Schools in a growing number of jurisdictions are experimenting with the once-faddish, now commonplace tool of the modern office dweller: the standing desk.
Publisher: WashingtonPost.com
May 2015 To Sit or To Stand, that is the question!
Since the beginning of time—or at least school—kids were told to stay in their seats and not fidget... some schools are questioning that philosophy.
Publisher: California Educator (California Teachers Association)
Apr 2015 LearnFit standing desk inspires healthy habits for students
One fifth-grader said she remains focused doing work at her desk while some classmates fidget. What’s her secret? She never sits down.
Publisher: FoxNews.com
Apr 2015 Standing Desks Simplify Collaboration & Get Kids Excited to Learn
A Florida elementary school reports students were more focused and better engaged while using standing desks during class.
Publisher: K-12 Tech Decisions
Mar 2015 Standing Desks Improve Attention In California Public School
Sitting still at a desk can be agony for school kids... It may sound counterintuitive, but sitting all day may make it harder to listen, think and absorb content.
Publisher: CBS KPIX, SF Bay Area

Grant Writing

Grant Writing Resources @ Ergotron.com

Learn how your school or district can turn its standing-desk wishes into reality for more active classrooms by accessing grants for K-12 programs. Visit Ergotron’s Resources for Educators to find information to get you started, along with details about the LearnFit student standing desk.

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An alarming report card …

  • Kids who are overweight 32%
  • Kids who are not active to healthy levels 66%
  • School districts requiring daily recess 20%
 
 
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