Grade school teachers yell at students to sit down and be quiet, but instructor Michelle Pentland of Lily Lake Elementary School in Stillwater, Minnesota believes that students can learn better when they’re on their feet, and I think she’s absolutely correct.
“We can teach them better when they’re moving around and more engaged in the learning,” she said.
Another teacher at the school believes the new technique will reduce obesity.
Elementary school students tend to inadvertently misbehave in class, and they’re usually punished for it. They have low attention spans, and they bore easily. By being told to sit, they can calm down and “think about what [they’ve] done,” but standing is a smarter approach to wild school children.
In second grade, I was constantly getting in trouble for running up to my best friend’s desk, which the teacher intentionally placed on the opposite side of the room. I did this because I needed to get out of my seat, and all my classmates felt the same way. Younger children need some sort of physical release to remain attentive in the classroom environment. Otherwise, they get restless, hence they live for recess, lunch, and playground adventures, and it would be nice if they could look forward to physical classroom activity as well. Maybe they wouldn’t hate school so much. It’s commonly accepted that everyone learns more in an active classroom as opposed to a passive one.