Stand Up for Online Learning! Standing Desks in the Home Classroom
All parents know that sitting too much isn’t good for the body or the mind. So why do we let our students sit through most of the school day?
It’s time to reconsider our habit of telling kids to sit down and sit still. Instead, think about using a standing desk in your home classroom.
What Is a Standing Desk?
A standing desk is simply a workspace you use while standing instead of sitting. Studying at a standing desk is a type of workshifting, or working in a nontraditional environment.
Standing desks are becoming more and more popular in workplaces across the country. And they’re starting to find their way into traditional classrooms. So if you are still unsure about how to set up your home classroom or want to try something new this school year, standing desks might be a great option for the study area at home, too.
What Are the Benefits of Standing Desks?
Recent studies have shown that sitting for long periods of time can have adverse effects on your health. Sitting leads to high blood sugar and high blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart disease. Students can benefit from standing desks because they reduce restlessness and sluggishness. In one study, teachers who used standing desks in their classrooms reported that their students were more focused during class. These students also burned more calories than those who sat during class.
How do I find a standing desk that’s affordable and easy to use?
Standing desks can be expensive, especially if they are designed to switch between sitting and standing positions. Fortunately, there are many ways to create a DIY standing desk that fits your family’s needs.
Here are some ideas:
- Find a taller table to use as a desk.
- Install a wall desk or counter.
- Assemble a desk by laying a flat wood plank over a pair of bookcases.
- Build a pipe stand or pipe desk.
- Place a small table or stepping stool on a normal table to raise its height.
How do I make sure the desk is comfortable?
A DIY standing desk must be the right height to be ergonomic. Before you create the desk, ask your child to stand up and bend his or her arms as if typing on a keyboard. His or her elbows should be bent at a 45-degree angle. With a tape measure, determine the distance between his or her forearms and the floor. This should be the approximate height of the standing desk.
To switch between sitting and standing at the new desk, your child can use a high chair or stool. Remember to position the monitor at eye level to avoid digital eyestrain.
How can I tell if my child will like using a standing desk?
Before you add a standing desk to your home classroom, complete a trial period using a temporary setup. Look for a high table or counter your child can stand at while using his or her computer, reading a book, or working on another assignment. Taller children can try putting their laptop on a folding chair on top of a table.
Have your child try standing for half-hour increments. Then increase the time to one-hour sessions. If your child feels comfortable and focused while using a standing desk, you should consider investing in a more permanent option.
What do you think about using standing desks in virtual school? Has your child tried one? Let us know.