LATEST UPDATE - October 2014: Standing desks are still a hot topic in the education world!
Five years after the FBE granted funds to the Belmont's Elementary Schools to acquire standing desks, Katie Caritey, a second grade teacher
at the Burbank Elementary School, is extensively quoted in an article entitled
How standing desks can help
students focus in the classroom.
In this article published by MindShift, Ms. Caritey shares feedback from her second graders and explains why she would love to have more!
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After piloting standing desks in 2009, we reached out to the FBE in order to expand
their use. The four standing desks, which were funded through the FBE, have been
a terrific addition to Winn Brook classrooms. They have supported students’ ability
to focus their attention on instruction and independent work production. The unique
design has enabled students not only to work while standing, but the desks also
provide swinging footrests which allow students to move and expend energy naturally
and quietly while in the classroom. Students are therefore better able to focus
while the whole classroom benefits from decreased disruptions. Winn Brook teachers,
who have utilized the desks in their classrooms, offer the following insights:
The stand-up desk has been an incredibly helpful tool for many students in my classroom.
It greatly benefits those students who need to move about as they work. The stand-up
desk, with its attached kickbar, allows students to channel their energy appropriately
and quietly while staying focused on their tasks. The result is a calm classroom,
productive learning time, and high-quality work. Nicole Torniero, grade 2 teacher
I found that all students were interested in using the standing desk in the beginning,
yet the students who actually needed it most were the ones who utilized it throughout
the year. Being elevated in the standing position, along with the motion of swinging
a leg, enabled students to truly focus. It’s an incredible classroom tool!
Melissa Gainer, grade 2 teacher