School is almost out at Oakridge Elementary School, but the verdict is already in: Kids who move more, learn better.
That's the consensus of teachers, parents and pupils after a one-year pilot program that introduced active classroom furniture into the Arlington, Virginia, school. Pedal desks, standing balance desks, and kid-sized ball chairs kept students moving while they learned. The results were remarkable.
"Some of the behaviors that teachers noticed increase were time on task, cooperation with each other, having an opportunity to sit and read for longer periods of time, complete worksheets or hands-on assignments without touching or wiggling or being disruptive to the learning community," said Oakridge Principal Lynne Wright.
A recent study in the journal Pediatrics found that reducing sedentary behavior among students, "is an important target for health promotion in children." Researchers went on to say, "The integration of classroom desks which reduce the time that students spend sitting is a promising target for children's health promotion initiatives."