Student outcomes are the most relevant factor when it comes to measuring the success of a learning environment. Though classroom design has an important influence on learning achievement, the majority of time is spent on traditional methods of enhancing the learning progress, such as executing standardized tests, professional growth for educators, and advancement or mediation courses for students. Thanks to a growing awareness of the profound impact classroom design can have on the educational achievements of students, opinions on classroom design are changing, as educators are making strides toward constructing optimal learning environments with the goal of meeting the educational needs of various groups of students.
I found that as a classroom teacher, allowing students to choose the spots they found most comfortable to work in helped students concentrate and allowed me to concentrate on facilitating learning, not managing behavior. – Jennifer Stringer
Spring is here and so are the latest trends in classroom furniture. Worthington Direct is excited to announce the release of the latest trending products available now for purchase online.
Teachers will be able to find the latest in collaboration desks, as well as classroom seating options. Alternative seating continues to be a huge trend with products including wobble stools, floor chairs and soft seating in addition to traditional student stack chairs and desks.
The idea of “Innovating From Within” is a relatively new trend where a company continuously finds ways to better itself internally to run leaner, faster, and stronger, all while reducing excess spending & consumption of resources which brings value back to its owners & employees. One example is Google’s 20% Time policy where employees could spend 20% of their work week hours in a room on interesting projects or ideas that better the company. One such product that was born from this was Gmail. Unfortunately, there are often space limitations such as a lack of freely available conference rooms due to conflicting schedules. The good news is that multimedia tables allow your teams to hold meetings and brainstorming sessions easily as these tables can be deployed in many locations. Multimedia tables foster group collaboration and fuel innovation by providing a centralized location of resources and sharing technologies that allow the free flow of ideas that can help your company gain a competitive advantage.
Here are two reasons why multimedia tables are essential for planning and departmental meetings:
Convenient Visualization is Key
While conference rooms often have a screen projector for everyone to view, having something more nimble that can adapt to changing perspectives and different talking points. The Planner Multimedia Table by Smith System can share up to six laptops or tablet computers, allowing the group to easily see a member’s proposal on his/her screen which makes viewing and changing between multiple ideas, concepts, and projects very easy. This table is also not limited to a conference room and can be easily moved to accommodate last-minute meeting location changes.
Education in the 21st century has evolved into a more focused and student-centered learning experience. That is, having several students work closely with one teacher or having student seating arranged to promote group work is becoming more common. In addition, changing lesson plans along with innovative teaching styles and new technology compel a classroom to have a flexible seating solution. Having a flexible, yet centralized student seating solution creates an optimal learning environment while encouraging group participation and teaching flexibility. When searching for collaborative seating, keep these important factors in mind:
Teachers often change grade levels and classroom configurations throughout the day. Desks that are both sturdy and lightweight allow for quick transitions from traditional rows to small groups. Collaborative desks give teachers the flexibility needed for their changing learning environments. The Smith System Diamond Desk features telescoping legs that adjust to fit the needs of growing students. The desks can be configured for group work as well as individual assignments.
While group assignments promote intellectual stimulation, teachers also need to provide individualized attention for several reasons. For instance, it’s customary for foreign language teachers to administer oral exams involving one student or grading two students having a dialogue in Spanish. Another case might involve a teacher separating one (or several students) to help them understand difficult material on an individualized, almost tutor-based learning which is common in AP classes such as Calculus and Physics. Regardless, a desk like the Yin Yang Elemental Table by Smith System allows group learning and can be easily separated to provide one-on-one or three-to-one teacher/student ratio.