Jun 5, 2010 11:11 AM by Associated Press

Standing classrooms?

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - In a handful of classrooms nationwide, students are learning to think on their feet at waist-tall work stations that have replaced the standard desk.

Sixth graders at a small private school in southern Idaho are among the growing number of students who stand while crunching math problems, or prop themselves up onto tall stools and slip their sneakers into swinging footrests.

Some teachers in states such as Minnesota and Wisconsin have also tried out the work stations, hoping they will offer notorious fidgeters some relief.

The Idaho National Laboratory is collaborating with the Mayo Clinic on a study to find out if the stand-up desks could play a role in the fight against childhood obesity or help students focus better.

The lab plans to release the findings in October.



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