How the right furniture can improve your classroom environment
Isn't it odd? Typical classrooms have been laid out in a static and regimented way for what seems like forever. While the technology used in schools has changed immensely such as the use of tablets and other digital devices, classroom furniture hasn't seen the same changes with many classrooms still set up with static rows of desks facing the teacher at the front of the room.
Many schools are now taking action, with active learning classrooms gaining momentum globally. More schools are realising the value and improved engagement this type of layout provides. A well-designed classroom is crucial for learning - it's amazing how classroom layout and furniture can affect student learning, concentration and engagement.
Creating an active learning environment in your classroom can be achieved through the right classroom furniture. For example, adjustable school desks, tables which easily move, swivel school chairs for students (so they can move to improve comfort and attention), and soft seating and collaborative furniture set-ups to allow group activities and brainstorming.
There is a large amount of research which shows that classrooms designed for active learning - i.e. where space is configured to support engagement and collaboration - had a significant increase in student engagement.
Collaboration furniture in the classroom also supports opportunities for peer learning, which is a powerful learning strategy for both parties (the student teaching and the student learning).
Does your classroom currently have a place for students to think, explore and reflect? A quiet space away from the rest of the class?
Learning is not just in the classroom. Soft seating such as ottomans can be used throughout the entire school to provide those treasured spaces which support reflection, without distraction.
What are the benefits of an active classroom environment?
- Improved student concentration and engagement.
- Provides opportunities for peer learning and brainstorming.
- Provides different spaces within the classroom suitable for the multiple activities which typically take place (e.g. large and small group work, working in pairs and individual work).
Classroom furniture can either support or hinder the engagement, creativity and learning of students. Consider how a collaborative learning environment can inspire and stimulate your students.