How Does a Classroom Design Affect a Child’s Ability to Learn? 14 Medical & Educational Experts Weigh in…

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

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Worthington Direct Releases Classroom Trend Products for 2018

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.

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How Collaborative Desks Enhance Student-Centered Learning

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:

Flexibility

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.

Diamond Desk by Smith System

Individualized Attention

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.

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Why You Need Portable Handwashing Sinks

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.

Be Industry Friendly

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.

Hot Water Mobile Station by Diversified Woodcrafts

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