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To answer a grant’s “statement of purpose,” here are statements to help you position LearnFit Desks within the grant parameters. Use these statements as-is or edit them to meet your needs.
Kids Are Meant to Move
Sitting is learned behavior, passed down from us adults and previous generations. In the voice of one teacher, “My experience is that it’s a fundamentally unreasonable thing that we ask kids to do—to sit and pay attention for 6 hours a day from K through 12.”
Today’s sedentary lifestyles are affecting our youth and their classroom performance. On average, children spend 65% of their waking day sitting in traditional student desks. Compound this with pressures to sacrifice physical education time for more classroom time for the core subjects.
This sedentary behavior is a significant contributor to chronic diseases—metabolic syndromes, cardiovascular, mental and childhood obesity. Studies show that introducing low-level physical activity into the classroom, such as standing, increases heart rate, burns more calories and increases insulin effectiveness. Studies and teacher testimonials show that this results in more on-task behavior, more engaged students, better classroom dynamics and improved academic outcomes.
With the overarching goal of collaboration and problem-solving, districts and schools are investing significant time, money and resources to develop and implement 1:1 learning environments. Chromebooks, iPads, Windows 8 tablets, network infrastructure, learning management systems, personalized learning tools and contemporary curriculum are all aimed at collaboration, but are being limited by the traditional non-mobile, sit-down student desk.
Classroom furniture must keep pace with technology, and be able to unleash the collaborative potential of the technology and the students.
In Class Physical Activity
Acknowledging that classroom instruction time increases as students advance, and that “brain breaks” are perceived as interruptions to valuable classroom time, LearnFit Student Desks are a means of introducing non-disruptive physical activity into the classroom. Additionally, being mobile and height-adjustable by the students enables a new level of intuitive collaboration.
The metabolic, psychosocial and musculoskeletal benefits of introducing mobile sit-stand desks into the classroom exhibit themselves as more engaged students with greater focus, a more efficient and naturally flowing classroom, and sustained academic performance by students.