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Students take a 'stand-up' approach to learning

Students in Akron test Standup Desk (Source: WOIO) Students in Akron test Standup Desk (Source: WOIO)
Students at Steel Academy testing standup desks (Source: WOIO) Students at Steel Academy testing standup desks (Source: WOIO)
The desks are made by an Ohio-based start-up, Jaswig (Source: WOIO) The desks are made by an Ohio-based start-up, Jaswig (Source: WOIO)
AKRON, OH (WOIO) -

It's out with the old and in with the new as one school in Akron is testing out a one-of-a-kind desk.

It's called the "StandUp" and only four schools in the nation are trying them out to see if they'll improve behavior.

Daysha Lewis says he has never felt so free in any of his classrooms, and it's all because of the new desk.

"I, like, usually I can't sit still in class, I can stand up a lot. I can stand up, pull up and if I want to sit down, I can put it back down," he said.

Haylee Neel has ADHD and says she's been waiting for something like this.

"I used to get in trouble a lot for standing up and walking around the class and tapping, like, I can't sit still," Haylee said.

The company that makes the desk is an Ohio-based startup called Jaswig.

The Steel Academy is testing about 20 desks for the company. It is the only school in Ohio to take part in the research.

Mathias Ellegiers, co-founder of Jaswig, says they're looking for actual change in behavior.

"How does it help them to concentrate? How does it help them to perform better? By being able to be tasked force. By being able to fidget, being natural while they're in a learning environment," Ellegiers said.

"They seem more contained, they don't wander the room, ask to go the bathroom as often," said Jennifer Murray, high school English teacher.

"If you're concentrating on sitting still all the time then your mind is not focused on learning the material being presented to you so those desks help with that," said Principal Angel Lawrie.

The desks will remain at The Steel Academy through the end of the year.  If the research goes well, they could be a permanent part of the classroom.
 
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