It’s a strange view – instead of the traditional neat rows of students seated at their desks, at Union Elementary students have the option to stand to do their work.
For some students, the standing desk option can lead to improved learning and better focus. The approach aligns with Lakota's commitment to personalizing the educational experience for all students.
“We were eager to see the impact on student learning, allowing for non-traditional, yet appropriate, movement in the classroom,” explains Charlotte Elia, intervention specialist at Union Elementary. Thanks to the school’s PTSO, a standing desk was recently purchased for each classroom.
Research conducted by the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota indicates that standing desks may help students move and channel their energy during class, leading to them being more alert, reducing behavior problems and boosting learning levels.
Union Elementary Principal Ben Brown adds, “We wanted to pilot this as a way to adapt to the needs of our students. By offering the standing desks as an alternative for our students, we’re allowing them to control their energy levels. When they begin to feel fidgety or off-task, they have the option to use the standing desk. We don’t expect adults to be seated and still for hours at a time, why should we expect our students to do so?”
Erin Owens, director of Lakota's Curriculum & Instruction for K-6 grades, agrees. "We recognize that in order for students to be successful we must teach them how to learn as much as what to learn. The idea is that having the option to stand or sit puts the focus on learning by allowing students to decide what they need in order to do and be their best."
Elia adds, “We have already seen great success with students using the standing desks in ways that allow them to remain actively engaged in instruction and independent work for longer periods of time.”
Click here for an article in NEA Today regarding standing desks.