A classroom where children don't have to sit still

03/29/2006 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Fourth- and fifth-graders in one Rochester, Minn., school stand at adjustable podiums, kneel on mats or sit on exercise balls during class whenever they want, as part of a Mayo Clinic study on whether the students will burn more calories than they would if they were seated at traditional desks. Anecdotally, their teacher and superintendent find the children more focused and less distracted.

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