COVID-19 and Your Classroom: Teaching During the New Normal

With the threat of disease, many things have had to change, among them how we handle education. With many schools having been closed all spring, teachers and school administrators are having to consider what classrooms are going to look like come fall. Here are a few things to think about as we prepare for our “new normal.”

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SOCIAL DISTANCING

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Covid prevention hinges on social distancing, but how will that be possible in the classroom? Most models for what education will look like when we return to school in the fall is a socially distanced classroom, with desk positioned six feet apart. Desks and tables that are easily moved, such as the Shapes Desk by Mooreco, will make this easier. Virtual education may be utilized as well. So teachers will need to be flexible and adaptable when it comes to classroom management this fall.

DISINFECTION

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Cleanliness has always been an important part of disease management in the classroom. But with coronavirus, it’s more important than ever. Surfaces will need to be disinfected multiple times a day. It’ll also be important to furnish your classroom with surfaces that are easily wiped down. This doesn’t mean everything will have to be hard and uncomfortable, though. Classroom furnishings such as Smith System’s Soft Rocker or Oodle Stool provide flexible, comfortable seating options that can easily be disinfected between students.

HYGIENE

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Good student hygiene such as hand washing has always been emphasized in a school setting. but you may have to make new rules, such as regarding mask-wearing. Any teacher knows how quickly colds and the flu can spread throughout the classroom, and it’ll be especially important now. A strong emphasis on frequent hand washing and hand sanitizer use will be a common theme in classrooms this fall.

Classrooms in the era of covid may be different than what we are used to, but with preparation and planning, we can navigate this “new normal.”

Contact us to find out more about our sanitary classroom furnishings.

Enable Preschool Learning with Colorful Rugs

When deciding what learning tools a preschool classroom should have, it’s important to utilize age and size-appropriate items.  This includes basics such as desks and lockers and when children are comfortable in a fun and encouraging environment, they are more likely to participate.  Considering preschool students are at an age where their developing brains absorb stimuli and information like a sponge, incorporating a good Learning Carpet is critical to helping them excel in their future endeavors.

Here are several categories to help you navigate through our vast selection of learning carpets and narrow down what you’re looking for:

Shapes & Activity Rugs

These rugs teach students on multiple levels.  Many of these rugs teach a combination of colors, shapes, numbers, letters, and animals.  A perfect example is the ABC And 123 Animals Carpet by Flagship Carpets.  This carpet is a great choice for covering several learning topics at once. Have the children pick a number or animal to sit on and read stories, talk, practice nice words, and foster connection.

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Make Your Daycare Furniture Work for You

Caring for your community’s children is a critical job since parents are depending on you to not only care for them but also academically groom them to become the best achievers possible.  Executing that is no small feat which means you’ll need storage space that is functional and organized to run like clockwork.  Is your current daycare furniture still  working for you?  Fortunately, we have several furniture and interactive solutions that can help you decide what works best for your daycare learning environment.

Multi-Functioning Storage

A solid daycare storage solution takes care of students’ personal belongings as well as classroom supplies and equipment.  Tot-Mate Preschool Wall Systems are attractive all-in-one classroom storage solutions that include toddler lockers, open wall storage, and divided wall storage with doors. Many also include a handy dry erase whiteboard for notes and classroom updates, as well as space for the teacher’s personal belongings. We have many other practical wall mounted cabinets, big book storage, toy and manipulative storage options available as well.

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