How Standing Desks Can Help Students in the Classroom

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When standing desks are all the rage in the workplace, and as the sitting considered as the new smoking, should our children stand, too? How on earth can standing desks help students in the classroom? Will they learn better when they are allowed to stand and move more? In the article, we are going to talk about how standing desks benefit students.


1.Improve Posture and Reduce Strain & Pain

With over 60% of the waking hours sitting in class, many students have developed sedentary behavior. While sitting stationary for hours will build the bad habit of slumping, which leads to the shoulder strain, cervical vertebra pain, and backache. Using standing desks in the classroom, allowing students to stand and move more often, so that reduce the problems caused by prolonged sitting. Besides, proper posture is often more natural to maintain when standing, relieving stress and pain caused by slouched sitting.


2. Reduce Childhood Obesity

According to a recent finding published [1], stand-up desks help students be more active and burn more calories than conventional desks. What’s more, the overweighted children burned significantly more calories than normal-weight peers. It’s not about either sitting or standing all the time, but keep moving and being active are the key points.


3. Help to Concentrate in the Classroom

Standing desks promote a more collaborative and active learning environment, which will help students be more focus on the lesson when they feel less constrained. Additionally, stand-up desks allow students to swing their legs when standing. It not only helps calm down but also increases more oxygen going to the brain when the blood flow is improved. They can burn off nervous energy so that they are more concentrated in the classroom.


4. Boost Engagement at Class

Psychologists from Texas A&M’s educational psychology department studied [2] the behaviors of students for two years by sitting in the classroom watching and measuring their attentiveness and engagement. They used some markers like how many times students looked at the teacher, how often they wrote on papers, and how often they were distracted by a neighbor. The result shows that students were more engaged in activity permissive learning environments than the traditional seated one. As a result, students with standing desks are more attentive and believed have better academic performance, as engagement is a critical contributor to academic achievement.



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Referral:

[1] https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/38120/how-standing-desks-can-help-students-focus-in-the-classroom

[2] https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/38120/how-standing-desks-can-help-students-focus-in-the-classroom