Improving Focus and Academics in the Classroom Environment with Sit-Stand Workstations

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is becoming an increasing problem for children in America. According to Understanding Abnormal Psychology, it is one of the most common disorders among children entering the classroom (Lyons, Martin, 2009). Although children have a lot of energy to burn, as they enter school they are required to sit still for long hours. Children with and without ADHD have had a hard time staying focused and have suffered academically. If the classroom environment is improved then children will be more productive and be able to focus for longer periods of time. Declining academic scores and increasing diagnoses of ADHD in children bring new challenges to the traditional classroom. Throughout a typical …show more content…
Students with ADHD and students without ADHD can benefit from the sit-stand desk workstation (Benden, et al, 2011). Further studies have been suggested by researchers and children in public schools across America are now being considered for an opportunity to have a desk that allows them to choose to sit or to stand while being taught. An obesity study in Texas revealed not only do children burn more calories standing, they are more focused and made improvements academically (Benden, et al, 2011). Sit-stand workstations will revolutionize the classroom environment. Sit-stand workstations will increase attention spans and improve overall academics for children (Benden, et al, 2011).
Literature Review Obtaining and keeping the attention and focus of children in the classroom is an integral part of academic achievement. Children diagnosed with ADHD have the hardest time in the traditional classroom setting because they are inattentive and do not develop like other typical children (Kofler, Rapport & Alderson, 2008). Male students tend to struggle because they are energetic and do not conform to sitting and being calm all day. In the report Gender-Friendly Schools (as cited in Kauchak & Eggen, 2005) male students received D’s and F’s 66% more than female students and less than 50% received A’s (King, Gurian & Stevens 2010). The school environment is to blame because the focus is on writing and

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