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.
The issue of cleanliness among students has always been a rich debate between scientific experts, parents, and teachers. On one hand, teachers and scientists advocate for students to adopt an almost OCD-like attitude towards keeping their hands clean to minimize the spread of viral and bacterial infections considering children are constantly exposed to infection-prone surfaces such as doors, desks, playground equipment, and shared toys. However, some parents & medical experts argue that children need to develop a natural immunity to common infections so they can grow up with strong immune systems. Regardless, having a solid handwashing station to keep your students clean between classes creates a safe, welcoming, and considerate environment for everyone. Below are several ideas to help you choose the best one for your institution.
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Daycares, culinary schools, catering businesses, universities, and many other institutions have to provide handwashing stations to comply and maintain good standing with various governing bodies. However, incorporating washing stations to accommodate a changing learning environment can get tricky. A designated area may be too small, out in the open, or could be moved due to renovations. The Hot Water Mobile Station by Diversified Woodcrafts offers a mobile handwashing solution for your next class, event, or outdoor activity.
With preschoolers learning different types of material day in and day out, having the right classroom set up is critical for an optimal learning experience. A preschool classroom equipped with an efficient seating solution creates a fun, welcoming, and engaging atmosphere for students while allowing teachers to tailor their lesson plans for a changing learning environment. When deciding on seating solutions that keep your preschoolers comfortable and engaged, it’s important to look at the following factors.
Participation is Key
Regardless of age, participation is a critical theme that ensures students are attentive, interested, and engaged during class. Organizing your learning environment that promotes participation fuels discussion, collaboration, and makes for an interesting learning experience. The Soft Seating Stool Set by Children’s Factory is an excellent solution to keep students learning. These stools enable children to participate in teacher-led activities such as greetings, songs, story time, and show & tell.
While projectors have been a staple in academia for decades, technology has contributed to its advancement as well as its obsolescence. More and more classrooms are adopting individual screens such as laptops, iPads and tablet computers. Simultaneously, the continued innovation of projectors has led to an emphasis on energy efficiency, enhanced screen output, and portability. These options give schools tremendous flexibility in leveraging the optimal combination of technology based on their curriculum and budget. Projector carts have also innovated which has led to organized presentations, lesson plan flexibility, and a centralized A/V storage thus making them invaluable for any learning environment. If you’re looking for a projector cart that can wear many hats, check out these three important factors to look for when picking your next projector cart.
The More Shelves, the Merrier
The main or first shelf often holds the projector but having multiple shelves allows the projector cart to be utilized as a mobile classroom. Everything from papers and folders to lesson plans and additional A/V equipment can be stored which means added flexibility if the teacher needs to hold class at a different location. The Marvel Vizion Presenter Multimedia Cart offers multiple shelves and ample space to get your lesson plans done.