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.
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.
Special education programs are becoming more common in both public and private schools. In 2015 alone, over 6.5 million students received some type of special education help. Even more so, over 10% of all public school kids receive special education help. Special education is an umbrella term that covers a wide range of learning matters from special needs to learning disabilities, speech impediments to temperate control, audio-visual impairments to physical handicaps, and more. While alternative classroom layouts and furniture can be extremely useful in mainstream classrooms due to the rise of visual learners in the classroom, alternative classroom layouts and furniture can be even more beneficial to students in special education programs. Below are three reasons why special education classes need alternative school furniture.