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Slowly but surely, education is making a shift from the traditional model created over a century ago, into something that will prepare students for the workplace of the future. In response to this different style of education, classroom design and school furniture must change as well.

While most American classrooms are still arranged in a traditional layout with rows of desks and the teacher in the front of the class, some schools are throwing out that old model and starting fresh with something that more closely resembles workplaces outside of the classroom.

This article highlights the Hartland-Lakeside school district in Hartland, Wisconsin, where teachers have transformed their Industrial Age classrooms into innovative, state-of-the-art learning spaces. They have created spaces that allow children flexibility to move, collaborate, and express themselves in creative ways.

Education research has revealed that in order to learn better, some children need to be in motion, while others need a quiet, comfortable learning environment. One third grader is quoted in the article as saying his desk used to feel “like a prison.” Now with a redesigned classroom, his school environment is as comfortable as his own home.

With a more cooperative style of education, a teacher might act more as a facilitator than a lecturer. Time for individual contemplation might be followed by a group discussion. Working together on projects becomes the norm. Having a variety of movable, flexible furniture is key to making this method work.

One idea mentioned in the article is to use desks that easily interconnect to form a collaborative work environment. Our extensive collection of collaborative classroom desks encourage teamwork in the education environment. Designed for groups of three, six and eight students, these desks are perfect for creating groups or islands of learning. Check out our selection of collaborative desks and choose between a wide variety of styles and color combinations.

We carry school furniture for all of your classroom needs, including chairs, tables, storage cabinets, and science work stations. Contact us to find out more.