Some students sit and other are standing at their desks during class time in their fourth grade classroom.
At Seneca Elementary, teacher Jennifer Stendahl introduced standing desks into her classroom, and nearly all her students do their lessons standing on their feet.
After researching standing desks, Stendahl decided to add a few standing tables to her classroom, allowing students to choose between sitting or standing.
“I knew I’d be getting some students that had some attention issues,” she recalled. “I wanted to give them an opportunity to have a place to work. It doesn’t matter to me where they do their work, as long as the work gets done.”
Stendahl worked with the two standing tables for a few months, and then with support from principal Michelle Siebert and some more research, she acquired 18 standing desks for the classroom.
For Stendahl, seeing the students wiggling in their seats was distracting. However when they stand, she cannot see them move their legs around, so it cuts down on distractions.
“I like that I can move around more,” said Faith, a fourth grader. “And so we’re not sleeping during class.”