Integrating Proper Posture in the Classroom Lessons
Bring Proper Posture to Class
Human bodies are not constructed to sit all day long. Yet we restrict our children and students in their formative years to sit in chairs, desks, cars, and couches for most of the day. This forms bad habits when it comes to proper posture and a lack of active movement throughout the day. And, by not doing anything to change this trend, we encourage bad posture that leads to back pain and a non-active life that ultimately leads to other health problems.
Our excuse is usually that there is no way around it. If we want to get places we have to sit in a car, and if we want students to focus in class we must have them sit to pay attention. Well, we have a solution for this. It’s so simple that it just might work…
Since students sit for the longest amount of time in school it makes the most sense to incorporate standing more in this setting. The simplest way to integrate standing into the classroom is to add standing desks. A study was conducted on students’ level of discomfort when using a traditional seated desk and a standing desk. The students who were using the standing desks reported overall less discomfort throughout the day.
Not only do standing desks help students practice correct posture and lessen discomfort, they can also help students become healthier by losing weight. A study by Texas A&M showed that there was a 20% increase in mean calorie expenditure for standing versus sitting behavior within individual children.
Methods Used to Integrate Standing in the Classroom
Here is a list of other ways teachers have used standing in the classroom to address everything from posture to student behavior.
Stand Up more and practice proper posture. Be conscious of your posture throughout the day. Are you slumping at your desk, or while you are standing? Try rolling your shoulders back to realign yourself and contribute to healthy spine alignment and good posture. Practicing correct posture can increase confidence, help students learn eye to eye contact with peers, and improve general self-importance. Standing desks can help with this by bringing your work up to your standing level.
Have breaks in the day where students move around the classroom. While standing desks incorporate movement into students’ workstations, it can be helpful to have a change of scenery. Scheduling these breaks during the day can give your students a break at their workstations, and it can help them clear their minds, so they are ready to return to the lesson refreshed. This activity can be used as a reward for working hard.
Add standing desks to your room. Standing desks can help relieve discomfort by promoting a healthy spine. They provide a great way to add collaboration stations in your classroom. Students can easily push their standing desks together to form a larger workspace for projects. Since students are more aware of their posture when they are standing, they can find the most comfortable position that lets them focus on their work - and not an uncomfortable chair they’ve been sitting in all day.
Here’s the bottom line: practicing proper posture is just one of the benefits that come from standing up more throughout the day. Standing up in the classroom offers both immediate benefits for students and teachers as well as encouraging healthy posture that will pay off long term. Simply put, we were not made to be sedentary for long periods of time, yet many days we treat our bodies as if they were. So, take a stand against sitting still. Stand up today for posture, focus, and tomorrow’s healthy habits.