Recent reports showed our children’s lives are now expected to last 5 years less due to the growing childhood obesity epidemic. One notion gaining currency as part of the solution and increasingly adopted by mindful teachers as a method of injecting a cultural shift their classrooms. Physical Literacy.
Physical literacy is the ability, balance, confidence, desire and exploratory nature to live an active, healthy life.
The National Association of Physical Literacy “aims to inspire a healthy, active world in which all people have the ability to move, the confidence to play and the desire to affect genuine wellness for generations to come.”
The basic premise behind physical literacy is the mastering of fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills that permit a child to read their environment and make appropriate decisions, allowing them to move confidently and with control in a wide range of physical activity situations. Additionally a child needs to take some ownership of their own health journey to fully benefit.
Here at iwantastandingdesk.com know that teaching physical literacy takes time and training that the UK education system can often under-provide. Teachers are under increased pressure to implement ideas such as Physical literacy but with little support to do so. A classroom standing desk or two can allow a teacher to help implement a notion of physical literacy in their students without adding to their workload or any ongoing costs past initial investment from the school.
Training isn’t required and the benefits are many. From increased engagement, a happier atmosphere in their work space, greater student productivity, a general sense of productivity and well-being from children using standing desks. The multitude of pros suggest the benefits are worthwhile.
87% of students who use physical literacy in their daily life report being more successful socially, emotionally and academically.
According to one study of Primary school to year 5 students standing increased engagement by 12%. So more hands shooting up and more questions being answered can only be a good thing. Research has recently shown that active students can be up to 16% more productive.
The Adoption of standing desk through schools is on the increase. One of the most searched terms online by teachers is “how to be a better teacher.” Helping your students understand the benefits of movement and becoming increasingly physically iterate will help you to create a suitable environment for learning and help your students to infuse movement, sport and mindfulness into their daily lives. Teaching physical literacy isn’t just for P.E. teachers anymore. It’s on all of us to ensure our children get with the program and help them get their health and importantly their life expectancy back on track.