I teach Grade 3.
Although I did the research to support my observations, my years of experience as a classroom teacher were evidence enough for me to say confidently, kids don’t like sitting at their desks. In fact, research shows most kids learn better when they’re not sitting in their desks.
What did I do about it?
Last April, I raised the legs on 5 desks in my class and turned them into standing desks. At first I allowed students to volunteer to use the standing desks but they were so popular I ended up having to create a schedule. The kids loved it and couldn’t wait for their turn. For most kids, the novelty didn’t wear off. Eventually, half my desks were converted to standing desks.
The best part:
Including standing desks increased on-task focus during instruction and decreased off-task behavior during work time.
When the new school year began in September 2012, my classroom featured a set of 6 standing desks.
It is now February 2013 and the novelty has not worn off and each week students ask if I can convert “just one more” into a stander. I’m sticking with 6 because I feel part of the longevity of this project has to do with the fact that in a class with 24 kids, each student gets to stand at least once per week but is never standing so much that it becomes an expectation or burdensome.
If you have any questions about standing desks and this project, just ask in the comments below.