One of the snapshot articles recounts a project in which the class explored the relationship between a working environment and a team's collaborative dynamic. The team observed a correlation between students' posture and their willingness to generate ideas. For example, students seated on a couch tended to sit back and criticise other ideas rather than creating their own.
The team created a range of prototypes in which teams would work: the War Room - straightbacked chairs around a table; the Lounge - comfortable and soft couches; the Dance Floor - a bare space with clear boundaries and no seating options; and the Sandbox - a wooden box on the floor with a padded interior for seating.
Ideas and energy were highest on the Dance Floor, where lively interplay between students and dynamic movement were noteworthy. Posture demonstrably had a profound effect on student behaviour.
So, the question is, why do we require students in school to spend so much time sitting in static positions in classrooms ....?