Although we originally posted this in March 2009, we thought that the first day of school warranted a re-post….
Sixth graders in Minnesota may possibly be setting a new benchmark for classroom design and furniture. Solely by word of mouth, districts between North Carolina and California area already following suit.
Students in Ms. Brown's 6th grade class at Marine Elementary are experimenting with adjustable workstations that will allow them to either stand or sit while they work. These desks also come with swinging footrests and adjustable stools, making the switch even easier. They were developed by Ms. Brown and a local ergonomic furniture manufacturer after Ms. Brown noticed the small fidgeting that, when accommodated for, improved their concentration.
Speaking of innovation thinking, a short browsing of the internet led me to these revolutionary backpacks called the BackTpack (www.backtpack.com). They redistribute the weight to the sides of the student instead of all on the back. There are a lot of supporting comments and claims on the internet and my initial thoughts are they seem to be very beneficial.
What are your thoughts on the new backpack? And what about the adjustable desk? Have you ever tried either of them?