As normal 12-year-olds, the sixth-grade students at Marine Elementary School near Minneapolis tended to squirm, slump, kick, and fidget in their seats—they had an abundance of energy, and controlling it required them to focus so much on sitting still they had trouble focusing on their schoolwork. Their teacher Abby Brown wondered: What if they didn’t have to sit still? Brown learned from the latest research at the Mayo Clinic about “activity-permissive education,” which advocates letting kids move as they learn. Brown then helped design a new kind of school desk with a raised seat that puts the user in a semi-standing position and allows more freedom of movement. With the new desks, her students’ school work immediately improved—and Brown’s creation is being looked at as a model for other classrooms.
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