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Sit-to-Stand Desks – Transforming Classrooms for Better Learning and Health

Focus Desks in Group Setting

In the last few years, standing desks have gone from being a novelty to a ubiquitous presence in offices worldwide. This dramatic trend is also finding its way into the classroom, as researchers discover the significant benefits of encouraging children to spend more time standing and moving in school.

Children have always exhibited a primal need to move around in class, whether by fidgeting, frequent requests to use the restroom, or other disruptive behaviors. Experts believe that standing can channel that need for movement, helping children focus in class and avoiding the tendency to zone out after long periods of sitting.

“Movement-friendly desks offer great benefits for all children, especially those with learning difficulties,” says Jonathan D. Carroll, M.A., who specializes in advocacy and educational consulting for children with ADD, ADHD, and executive functioning. “Standing up helps children access working memory, improving concentration and engagement. By allowing children to self-regulate when they choose to stand, adjustable desks promote independence and responsibility.”

In addition, standing helps battle the epidemic of childhood obesity. Children in the US lead increasingly sedentary lives, both in school and at home, and that inactivity has contributed to shocking rises in the number of overweight and obese kids. Standing fights that trend in two ways: by burning more calories while in school and by breaking the cycle of continuous sitting. Kids who move in healthy ways during the school day or more likely to continue those good habits at home.

Sit/stand height adjustable desks are the best way to achieve these vital goals. Top-quality sit/stand desks can be set at the height that works best for the individual child, ensuring good posture and comfort. Desks that are easily adjusted accommodate changing needs, allowing children to stand for some activities and sit for others. The best desks can be adjusted students themselves without assistance, preventing classroom interruptions and making the transition from sitting to standing an accepted part of the class’s routine. Look for desks that adjust silently without the need for power sources; pneumatic lifts are a versatile option.

The classroom of the future has arrived, where non-disruptive movement is embraced as a way to enhance children’s learning and health. Schools that provide sit/stand furniture options will see positive results, so long as they make choices that support the varying needs of all children.

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