While traditional school furniture can last for many years, they are not optimized for the 21st century changing learning environment. Technology has quickly revolutionized the way students learn but unfortunately, student desks haven’t been as quick to catch up for several reasons. This may be due to budgetary reasons since it’s normal for schools to maximize furniture expenditures. Or it could be that many schools prefer traditional lesson plans and adopt a “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach. The good news is that there are many options today that can help you find the right desk solution. Having the right student desk promotes an optimal student learning experience, accommodates new lesson plan innovations, and contributes to a succinct and practical long-term budgetary expenditure.
Here are several factors to help you choose the best student desk:
Two critical skills that students need to learn for future success are communication and teamwork which are the themes of modern lesson plans. This means you’ll want a student desk that can be easily configured for both individual and team-based assignments. The Shapes Desk by Balt allows you to configure your classroom into several configurations including the traditional multiple row desk set up, a round desk set up (up to 10), or square configuration.
Learning environments continuously change for many reasons which includes evolving teaching methods, budgetary constraints,and last-minute lesson plan changes. In addition, space separation is needed for medical emergency triage, voting and tradeshow check-in & registration management, as well as factory or building workflow streamlining. Having organizational tools that can be quickly transported, deployed, and adapted such as the Screenflex Partition is an invaluable tool to meet the constant changes in classrooms and business environments. But how do you know if you need one?
Here are several reasons to consider investing in a Screenflex Partition:
Learning Environment Utility
Did your school recently switch back to traditional class scheduling and you need to maximize classroom space? A Screenflex Partition effectively bisects a classroom allowing simultaneous teaching of multiple subjects thus keeping the 50-minute class rotation between students efficient. It’s also perfect for splitting up a classroom for study hall, tutoring station, or a back staging area for prepping presentations and deliverables. The Freestanding Portable Partition by Screenflex offers a durable, adaptive, and practical solution for hotels that need quick area set ups, office training areas, and learning environments that need to accommodate different student needs.
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