How to Get More Out of Active Seating Arrangements

Active seating (aka flexible seating) is all the rave in the academic furniture community. The idea that all students are comfortable in the same type of environment is definitely antiquated.  Teachers want students to learn in an environment where they are comfortable and most open to their instruction. The best way to accomplish this is through a variety of options for where and how they do their work.  A solid active seating arrangement helps to maximize both student learning potential and your school’s furniture expenditures while creating a fluid and dynamic learning environment for changing curriculum.

Here are several ideas to help guide you through your active seating search:

Adaptive Desks for Adaptive Chairs

One way to keep your students engaged is by providing a standing height table solution to complement active seats.  The Apex Series Double Student Stand-Up Desk by Marco Group provides a standing height table that is sturdy and easy to move.  In addition, it offers ample space to study and take notes, supports a dry-erase option, and is height-adjustable to accommodate sit or stand learning preferences.

Apex Series Double Student Stand-Up Desk by Marco Group

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3 Fun Fall Bulletin Board Ideas for Early Childhood Classrooms

The fall season is virtually upon us which means descending leaves, crisp air, and being surrounded by pumpkin spice everything.  Add display flair and décor for your classroom to help your students get into the full swing of the changing weather.  A solid bulletin board not only conveys classroom information but it can also create a warm and welcoming ambiance for the fall season.

Here are several bulletin board ideas that can add a refreshing theme to your classroom:

We’re Nuts About Fall Board

Looking to upgrade or replace a worn-out or torn bulletin board? Then the Wrapped Edge Fab-Tak Bulletin Board by Best-Rite is the board for you! Featuring a washable and tackable surface, this bulletin board panel allows you to turn a wall into a bulletin board area while being available in multiple sizes and colors.  It can be easily cleaned and turned to match the fall season by utilizing the “We’re Nuts About Fall” conversion: Use brown construction paper for the ground and make a tree out of crumpled paper grocery bags. Add different multi-colored leaves, some falling to the ground. Print off a template of a squirrel for each child, let them color it and put their name on it. Place the squirrels with a few acorns under the tree and add the caption, “We’re Nuts About Fall.”

Wrapped Edge Fab Tak Bulletin Board by Best-Rite

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The Best Locker for Your Organization

Companies and organizations come in different shapes and sizes.  Some are fortune 500 companies like Amazon that hire thousands of front line workers while others are small businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agency offices that utilize 15-30 personnel.  Fortunately, innovations have led to an explosion of locker designs which means there’s something for everyone.  Implementing a good locker solution keeps things organized, provides a centralized storage for employee belongings, and reduces the chance of theft liability on company premises.

Here are several options that can help guide your search for the optimal storage solution:

Secure and Scalable

Many organizations are in the business of conducting professional testing such as IT & Nursing certifications, SAT & ACT placement exams, and government & military aptitude tests.  Having a secure place for test takers to store their belongings such as keys and cell phone ensures they don’t have to worry about missing personal effects before, during, and after the exam.  In addition, other organizations such as consulting agencies and home healthcare medical companies that often dispatch their employees to remote locations can benefit from a small but secure storage locker solution when their people are occasionally in the office for meetings, etc.  The Cell Phone and Tablet Locker by Hallowell offers ample storage space for small items with the flexibility to choose padlock, keylock, or digital combination lock and can be purchased in single or triple-wide configurations allowing you to scale your locker storage solution as your organization grows.

Cell Phone & Tablet Locker by Hallowell

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Flexible Classroom Seating for Every Student

There is no doubt that classrooms have evolved in the last few decades.  Today’s students are just as likely to spend a class period collaborating with a group, working with technology, or teaching a “flipped” lesson as they are to listen to a lecture.  As our learning practices have changed, so should our classroom environment.  One learning core aspect is the student’s seating solution.  Flexible seating is one way that school administrators and teachers have begun to adapt the classroom space to meet all students’ needs.  Having a comfortable and flexible seating solution not only helps maintain student focus but also allows your classroom to remain fluid with the continuous evolution of learning best practices.

Here are several flexible seating solutions to help your students maximize their learning potential:

Rocking Around the Classroom

For early childhood and elementary school learning environments, rocking chairs have been gaining popularity as a classroom seating option. Floor rockers are an excellent addition to any classroom library or small group workspace. The Zuma Floor Rocker, available in two sizes, allows students to rock back and forth silently while reading or working. What better way to help students develop a love of reading?

Zuma Floor Rocker Chairs by Virco

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