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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Stand in the place where you work

I began using a standing desk about five years ago, when my colleague Eric Carpenter joined the faculty from the military, where he used a standing desk. About 5-10 people now use standing desks, including one who bought herself a treadmill desk. I bought StandStand, a portable standing desk invented and crowd-funded by Luke Leafgren, a professor at Harvard.

This story reports on recent studies suggesting that the cognitive benefits gained from walking (which might explain why I pace when teaching) are gained by standing while at your desk. Maybe while keeping my classroom laptop-free, I should give students the option of standing in class.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on April 26, 2018 at 04:50 PM in Howard Wasserman, Teaching Law | Permalink

Comments

According to Thomas Healy's book on Holmes and his Abrams dissent, yes.

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Apr 26, 2018 9:18:49 PM

Work at the school, mostly faculty (I think one administrator).

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Apr 26, 2018 7:34:41 PM

Didn't Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. supposedly write his opinions standing up?

Posted by: Joe | Apr 26, 2018 7:34:15 PM

Interesting article , but this is about taking breaks from work , and performing physical activity . I can't understand yet , what has got to do with you specifically Wasserman . For you are lecturing and talking to a class continuously . You can't take a break then , and just pedal a sort of stationary bicycle or whatever presented there in this article ( although you can walk , but , while continuing giving your lecture ) .

However , some elements or factors are missing here , and one major one :

Much depends upon the status of the employee or the working person . If he is a manager , having stressed in his work , and being obliged to accurate and high performances , surly it can piss him off to take a break , and start with senseless activity in his eyes at such moments .If " time is money " for such employee , while trying to yield better and better in work , well , it can surly , drive him out of his mind .

Thanks

Posted by: El roam | Apr 26, 2018 6:26:05 PM

Five to ten people in your faculty, or who work at your law school?

Posted by: Asher Steinberg | Apr 26, 2018 5:56:01 PM

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