Engage Students in Meaningful Collaborative Learning with Smith System Furniture

Long gone are the days of “cemetery rows” in modern classrooms! The power and effectiveness of collaborative learning has been studied and documented for over fifty years. Far more than a passing fad, collaborative learning is an integral component of forward-progressing 21st-century learning.

 

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Silhouette Arc Desk by Smith System

Meaningful collaborative learning engages students, inspires critical thinking and increases growth and achievement in students of all ages.

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Keep Your Makerspace Free from Power Cords with These Three Changes

Makerspaces don’t have to be dangerous. But, by their very nature, there are a lot of hazardous tools, sharp equipment, and potential trip hazards around the room. This is just as true in a community-hosted makerspace as in a STEM classroom. While you can’t remove every potential danger without completely emptying out the room, you can design the space to remove one of the most prevalent tripping hazards: power cords.

Here are three tools that can help your makerspace be as cord-free as possible:

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Think Outside the Box with Flexible Seating

They’re in every classroom: squirmy sitters, kids who find traditional, rigid chairs painful or constricting. The struggle to find a comfortable position can hinder their concentration and even distract others. Physical activity is essential for children’s minds to thrive, but it can be difficult to translate healthy movement from the court to the classroom.

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Ergo Ergo Wobble Stools

The solution might be as simple as swapping out the hard seating for something a little more flexible.

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