For a four week period, the MS Science rooms contained only desks. Students
had no option but to stand during class. At the end of each week, students
answered a series of questions about learning in a standing classroom. At
the end of the week, I interviewed teachers and took notes about what they
noticed in their classes during the prototype period.
Results from the student data included the following:
• 70% of students reported that it became physically easier to work at a
standing desk in week four compared to week one.
• 80% of students concluded they had the same or higher levels of
energy in the standing classroom compared to their conventional
• Students were evenly divided on whether standing in class increased
their ability to concentrate or be creative.
• 51% reported that they found it easier to concentrate while standing.
• In the initial two weeks of the trial, students spoke about how tiring
and physically demanding it was to stand for an 80-minute class. As
the trial progressed, many students noted, that standing during class
was becoming easier and that they had adapted quickly to the new
• A large majority of students also indicated experiencing the same
or higher energy levels in their standing class in comparison to their
sitting classes. Given each block runs for 80 minutes, the average
middle schooler burnt an extra 45 - 70 calories per lesson standing.
Students are increasing their physical activity but feeling like they have
more energy, confirming much of the recent research into movement,
mood and energy levels.