New desks are designed for students to stand at Vallecito Elementary.
Sitting still no longer is a challenge at an elementary school north of San Francisco. With funding from parents, four classrooms at Vallecito Elementary are equipped with “standing desks.” The desks come equipped with a swinging foot stand, called a “fidget bar.”
“It allows for the students to really kind of wiggle, but their mind and focus is still on me,” Gina Roberts, a fourth-grade teacher, told KPIX 5.
Students given standing desks stay “on task” 12 percent more than sitters, according to a Texas A&M study. In the study, students in grades two through four had the option of sitting on a stool or standing.
Student engagement was monitored by actions such as answering a question, raising a hand, or participating in discussion, while off-task behaviors included talking out of turn.
One of the researchers, Professor Mark Benden is co-founder of a start-up, Stand2Learn, which sells standing desks and stools. “He became interested in the standing desks as a way to reduce childhood obesity” and relieve spinal stress, reports Campus Technology.