Standing Desks Encourage Collaboration in the Classroom
Collaboration in the Classroom Increases!
There was a time when teachers would chastise a student for standing during class. How times have changed! When seated, students tend to isolate themselves; they become distracted and sometimes even disruptive. Sitting can significantly contribute to the student's ability to ignore the teacher and not retain the lesson. Research has found a creative solution to these classroom woes, and with all the benefits standing desks have in school, sitting will soon become optional.
From kindergarten to college, educational experts have found that student involvement improves collaboration in the classroom. Students who are actively involved during the lesson tend to retain more information. Lesson plans that include teamwork are the easiest way for teachers to foster active learning. Educators have long sought better practices to encourage collaborative learning, and through VARIDESK Education’s research, we can conclude that standing desks encourage collaboration in the classroom.
Standing during class is the foundation of the classroom of the future. Standing desks prevent a student from becoming too comfortable, meaning they're more likely to stay alert and awake during teaching hours. Standing leads to an increased attention span, prolonged focus, and improved learning. The Center for Teaching and Learning at University of North Carolina Charlotte found that collaborative learning spaces are best designed to include standing desks.
Encourage Collaboration in the Classroom
Allowing standing desks in school is a huge step towards creating classrooms that encourage collaborative learning. With standing desks, collaborative learning becomes the foundation for the lesson; not a deviation from the norm. Classrooms equipped with standing desks easily permit group work during the lesson.
Standing desks benefit the student in several ways. Beyond the curriculum being taught, collaborative learning promotes soft skills that are coveted by institutions of higher learning and employers. Teamwork, cooperation, and interpersonal relationships are indirectly taught in collaborative learning spaces. As a byproduct of group work, the student to teacher ratio improves to the benefit of all students. How is that possible?
Enhance Social Skills
The academic journal, Pediatrics, published the results of a research study that measured the effects of standing desks in the classroom. Researchers found that standing desks contributed to minimizing the student's time in front of a screen. The data determined that standing desks removed an average of 71 minutes of time spent in front of a computer, tablet, and television. "Screen time," as it is being referred to, is an isolating activity that detrimentally affects a student's socialization skills. Classrooms equipped with standing desks foster collaboration and naturally enhance a student's social skills.
Teacher is More Able to Provide for Children's Needs
Imagine this: a classroom of 25 students breaks into five groups working on a collaborative assignment. By working together in groups of five to complete the assignment, students are able to learn from their peers. Additionally, the teacher is then able to address each team of students, giving more individualized attention to each group.
The benefits of standing desks and their role in encouraging collaboration among classmates are: students are physically prepared to focus on the lesson; they can conveniently work in collaboration with their classmates and they receive an increased quality of oversight from the instructor.