Elementary School Students Increase Productivity After Move to Yoga Balls

This morning Yahoo has a story on how the students at Westtown-Thornbury Elementary School in West Chester, Pennsylvania, have become more productive after switching to yoga balls rather than traditional desk chairs.

Kathy Matheson of the Associated Press writes:

The exercise gear is part a larger effort to modernize schools based on research linking physical activity with better learning, said John Kilbourne, a professor of movement science at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich.


Traditional classroom setups are being challenged as teachers nationwide experiment with yoga balls, footrests and standing desks, which give children outlets to fidget without disrupting class.


“It’s the future of education,” Kilbourne said.

The whole article is an interesting read and well worth a few minutes of your time.