Blue Ridge high English Scholars
have variety of seating/Standing options

Sometimes the stand-up desks are moved around the room to create stations for the students. The stations included: analysis of sound devices, figurative language, context clues, narrative elements and questioning the text.  

The students read silently every day and many students will swing a foot on the fidget bar at the stand-up desks while reading silently.  

Blue Ridge high English Scholars
have a variety of seating/Standing options

Meagan Wagner, an English and Freshman, Success teacher at Blue Ridge High School, used her $1,500 grant from the Greater Greer Education Foundation to add a variety of seating/standing options for her students with six stand-up desks.

The desks are used in a variety of ways to increase student focus, engagement and overall academic success.

I know what you're thinking,” Wagner said.  “What? You used all that money and just bought more desks?  

Well these aren’t just any desks.  They allow students to stand up and work, breaking up the monotony of blocked, 90-minute classes in hard chairs.  Each desk also has a “fidget bar” at the bottom, allowing students to swing their feet back and forth to expel energy.

The students read silently every day and many students will swing a foot on the fidget bar at the stand-up desks while reading silently.  

Sometimes the stand-up desks are moved around my room to create stations for the students. On this particular day, her scholars rotated to five different stations.  At each station, they had a specific task related to annotating “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe.  

The stations included: analysis of sound devices, figurative language, context clues, narrative elements and questioning the text.  “We were moving around the room to become better close readers.

“These stand-up desks are so versatile.” Wagner said. “But most importantly, the students love them.”




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