Standing desks are catching on with modern office spaces because of their many health and productivity benefits. If a simple change in work setup does wonders for corporations, imagine what it can do for schools, colleges and universities.
Reasons why standing desks are good for students include:
1. Encourages better health habits
2. Increased focus
3. Promotes student engagement
4. Better class management
5. Empowers collaboration
Standing Desks for students
Aside from health benefits, there are many learning perks that come with using a standing desk. It may not be the only thing you need to make an A* student but it can certainly help them build better study habits and absorb more of material through the standing desks’ effect to their physical wellness. Also, standing desks encourage better social skills and engagement among the social group within the class. Here are a few benefits of standing desks for students:
1. Encourages better health impacting habits
Considering the health benefits that come with using a standing desk, integrating them to school work may help students build better health-impacting habits that they can carry throughout life.
According to a study titled “The effects of standing desks within the school classroom: A systematic review” published in ScienceDirect:
“In these studies, sit-to-stand desk use was associated with a number of health benefits, including reductions in blood pressure, back and neck pain, increases in HDL cholesterol, and improved mood states. As employed within the workplace, making environmental changes to the classroom could be an effective way of reducing children’s sitting time. Such interventions could provide the opportunity to reduce total sedentary time, as well as the ability to break up prolonged bouts of sitting, both of which have been shown to be beneficial to health in children. Classroom-based interventions may also help target health inequalities by being accessible to all children.”
This simply means that if young students start practicing better health habits now, they can enjoy the long-term benefits of prolonged practice through their adulthood. And, integrating standing desks within the classroom can help encourage healthy living habits by sitting less, stretching and being generally more active.
2. Increased Focus
Standing at a desk can be helpful to increase focus which also allows students and teacher to become more productive. Being able to stand while studying in a classroom setting can make students more alert and focused in class. The increased blood flow allows them to think more clearly which can in turn improve cognitive skills if done for a prolonged duration. This is why it makes sense to integrate standing desks in the school – if it makes corporate employees productive, they can have the same effect on students!
Also, standing desks help students, especially the young ones, to use more energy, and maintain circulation and blood flow to the brain. Better focus = better results.
3. Promotes Student Engagement
Standing desks can also promote student engagement. In school, it’s not only important to be book smart. Social skills and interactions with other students and teachers can build confidence and general life skills which can be invaluable for their development. Standing can create a more casual environment and allow students to express themselves more freely with enhanced creativity.
Also, standing desks are easy to move around so for projects that involve group work, these desks can be easily moved around so the group members can be closer in vicinity with each other.
Prolonged sitting can easily suck out energy from students as it can make the tone dull and tiresome after a long period of time. Allowing students to stand up from time to time will help liven up the mood and pump the energy back into their minds. Sometimes, all it takes is some environmental intervention to motivate students to engage more. With more energy and sharper senses, it would be easier for them to engage and they will hopefully experience life long benefits.
Standing Desks for Teachers
Students aren’t the only ones that can benefit from standing desks, and teachers also need to be working in a healthy environment which encourages productivity and creativity. Teachers often need to undergo a continuous learning process as well so they can teach quality material that is kept up with the times. It’s not easy to learn and teach everyday!
Teachers can also benefit from using standing desks to maintain healthy habits, despite the busy lifestyles they lead. Similar to corporate employees who benefit from utilising standing desks, teachers can also get some calorie burn into their day without leaving their workstations when using a standing desk. Here are some benefits teachers can enjoy from using standing desks for their work:
4. Better class management
Some classrooms already provide podiums or standing desks for teachers and professors to use while conducting a class. It may not seem that beneficial but being able to stand in front of a classroom can actually help class facilitators manage the class better. Being able to benefit from the energy boost of standing can heighten the teacher’s alertness and ability to address the class’ needs better.
Aside from that, if both students and teachers are provided standing desks for the use in a class, then the learning process can be a more efficient experience for both parties. If students can appreciate the classroom experience more, the class would be easier to manage for the teacher.
5. Empowers collaboration
One of the key classroom elements that teachers encourage is to empower collaboration between students. Especially with younger kids, it may be difficult to make them work together, considering how easily distracted and energetic kids are at this age. Standing desks can help to expend energy and can improve concentration.
Also, the simple act of standing can keep them focused on the task they need to do as a team. Sitting and working can give off an isolated feeling, which isn’t something we want to be encouraging. Standing can give children breathing room to interact and with guidance from a teacher, they can collaborate better. This is a very important skill that educators hold in high regard since it is something that a person carries through all stages of life. This is why empowering them to collaborate and work together should always be a priority.