How Student Desks Enhance the Classroom Environment
Schools try their best to create classroom environments that are as conducive to learning as possible, allowing learners to reach their highest potential. Skilled teachers, intelligent policies, and excellent curriculum are cornerstones of these efforts, but did you know that something as simple as classroom standing desks can also have a significant impact on success in education?
Students’ Brains Benefit from Standing Desks
According to research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, standing desks for schools help students focus. More than thirty high school students in the study had their neurocognitive function tested over two semesters to compare sitting vs. standing.
This was the conclusion from the 2015 pilot study conducted by Dr. Benden, Director of the Ergonomic Center at Texas A&M: “Continued utilization of the stand-biased desks was associated with significant improvements in executive function and working memory capabilities.” So far, research indicates that standing desks help students perform up to 5% better in response to testing. That’s exciting news for educators, districts, students, and parents.
Should Schools Give Students the Option to Stand in a Classroom Environment?
How does standing hold an edge over prolonged sitting in classroom environments? Here are a few of the benefits that students, teachers, and schools can enjoy when standing desks are introduced into the learning space:
• Standing allows for a broader range of non-disruptive fidgeting behaviors so students feel less confined in the classroom and can burn off nervous energy.
• Blood flow is improved when students can move their legs freely, which increases the amount of oxygen going to the brain.
• Being “eye to eye” with educators improves engagement and makes students feel more empowered.
• Proper posture is often more natural to maintain while standing, relieving the compression that slouched sitting has on internal organs and the nervous system.
• Standing desks promote a more active lifestyle, improves health metrics such as BMI, and helps to boost self-esteem.
• Classroom disruptions diminish when students have the freedom to move, collaborate, and focus on the lesson without feeling constrained.
Healthy Habits in the Classroom become Productive Traits in the Workplace
Daily habits learned at school can create positive habits as students transition from tests in the classroom to projects in the workplace. Whether it's focusing on a lesson or performing a function on the job, there’s evidence that the longer people use standing desks, the more productive they become. And, it’s a habit that keeps on delivering benefits month after month.
Texas A&M’s Health Science Center School of Public Health recently released the results of their six-month study at a call center. Employees who had stand-capable desks managed to handle 23% more successful calls than seated coworkers. By month six, that improvement rose to 53%.
Does This Mean Students Need to Stand All Day?
Not at all. Pairing a tall stool with a standing-height school desk is a simple way to give students flexibility and choice in their level of movement throughout the school day in every classroom environment. It’s a space-efficient solution that’s suitable for K-12 education settings. Contact us today to learn more about standing or request a free sample.