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About this Campaign

http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/104013/chapters/Movement-and-Learning.aspx

Hello and thank you for viewing my flexible seating grant. Research has shown that flexible seating offers numerous benefits for learners at all ages, abilities, and learning styles. The link above connects to chapter 4: "Movement and Learning" from Teaching with the Brain in Mind 2nd Edition. The chapter provides evidence of results and the science behind why movement and learning works and worth the investment. My ultimate goal is to create a classroom environment where students have the power of choice for seating. The flexible seating will provide the option of traditional chair, active seating, and standing desks.

Accoring to Dr. Crimone’s dissertation, “A study conducted by Mehta et al., (2015) revealed that stand-biased desks increased student attention and focus based upon teacher reports and perception. The same study reported a notable increase in energy and caloric expenditure among students in classrooms with stand-biased desks (Mehta et al., 2015). The Mehta et al. (2015) study also showed that stand-biased desks increased executive functioning, working memory, and cognitive performance. The increase in working memory, executive function, and cognitive performance along with brain activation was improved by 7-14% in the study. The research of the neurocognitive benefits of stand-biased desks also addressed health benefits of stand-biased desks including an increase in physical activity and energy expenditure (Mehta et al., 2015).

The research to date has found that standing desks decrease sedentary time in and out of work and positively impact productivity (MacEwen et al., 2015). A study conducted by MacEwen et al. (2015) showed that workers using standing desks showed, “significant improvements in fatigue, vigor, tension, confusion, depression, and total mood disturbance.”

In a study by Torbeyns et al. (2014), the benefits of standing desks were evidenced by reports of positive mental health and happiness. The study linked standing desks with physical activity and ‘brain plasticity by facilitating neurogenerative, neuroadaptive, and neuroprotective processes.’”

Furthermore, below is an article from Texas A&M University. The article is evidence to support standing desks for all learners. Students with special needs, like ADD/ADHD and other sensory needs, can implement standing desks to fulfill their sensory diet and specifically designed instruction.

http://theconversation.com/letting-kids-stand-more-in-the-classroom-could-help-them-learn-53606

For my English-Language Arts classroom, I am looking to change the mindset in my classroom to actively engage students for growth in knowledge as well as health. Obesity is on the rise in our country. Allowing students the option of sitting actively correlates with mind and body success. This grant is strictly for purchasing active seat stools. Staples and WittFitt have provided me with information and equipment options to bring this dream to life. Please check out my other grants "Flexible Seating Actively Engaging Student Core and Mind Active Seat Stools" and "Flexible Seating Actively Engaging Student Core and Mind Stability Balls".

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Stay gold,

Julie Wilkinson

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