Instead of telling students to sit still, some Wisconsin and Minnesota teachers are giving them stand-up desks and stability balls that let them fidget as they learn.
Reading teacher Pam Seekelâ€™s fifth-grade students can use adjustable-height stand-up desks “as well as a big, tall table that lets students work in groups while standing and shifting their weight, leaning, stretching, wiggling and generally doing everything but sitting still,” reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
One school lets kids use stability balls instead of traditional school desk chairs.
Anecdotally, teachers have reported positive results after freeing their kids from the confines of â€œfeet flat on the floorâ€ and â€œno rocking!â€ â€” greater attentiveness, fewer behavioral problems, better posture and more enthusiasm. Kids who are habitually fidgety or who suffer from attention disorders appear to show the most improvement, teachers say.
Richard Whitmire thinks boys, who are the most likely to be fidgeters, will benefit.