Wednesday, February 25, 2009

stand or sit desk trialed in schools

stand or sit desk trialed in schools

An interesting article in the New York Times today about a trial of stool height desks in an elementary school which give students the option to stand or sit while doing their work. In some ways this is not so unusual. When I was a student several of my classrooms were set up this way - science labs and art studios come to mind. But this has also been a slow trend in office work and it would be interesting to see if it became much more common if our children grew up working with this kind of desk.

When you read the article you can see that for the kids its all about being able to stand when its more comfortable, or sit if thats better or they are tired. This is the same issues we talk about relative to a flexible workspace. The kids are able to adapt their workplace to allow them to be as productive as possible at any given moment. You don't need any training to do this - its something workers are  naturally going to seek. We just need or workplaces to provide the suitable options.

Students Stand When Called Upon, and When Not in NYT

the swinging foot rest is a nice detail!


  1. It's funny- I mentioned this post to some of my students today, and there were wildly excited by the idea. They essentially all (male and female alike) indicated that they get fidgety, and that being able to stand up without causing a disturbance to the rest of the class would be a good thing.
    Maybe I'll inquire with the powers that be about when new furniture gets ordered?
    Thanks for the post!

  2. I wonder if you might contact the people that made these prototypes for more info. Glad it was helpful.


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