Alternative Desks at Elementary Schools
MEF has approved pilots for two types of ergonomically designed student desks at Kings Road and Central Avenue Schools.
Most adults have the freedom to move around, change tasks, take breaks, or use a variety of techniques necessary to stay alert and focused while children in the traditional classroom do not. These non-traditional desks both include a quiet footrest that allows students to “respectfully figit” so that they can burn off excess energy without disturbing other students. The desks also include a seat that helps strengthen core muscles while improving posture which promotes better focus and overall student health. Feedback from teachers has been overwhelming positive… students are able to quietly fidget and move without bothering classmates around them. There is less walking around the room at inappropriate times, along with less drinking fountain, bathroom, and nurse visits.