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Promoting Spatial Efficiency in ClassroomsSchools are becoming more creative with their classroom designs. Much like office space, classrooms have started to adopt innovative design principles that encourage students to be more attentive, productive, and involved. Everything from lighting and ventilation systems to the ergonomics of school desks, school administrators are keen on improving student performance through an environment that encourages learning.
4 Characteristics of Effective STEM Classroom DesignAn effective STEM classroom cultivates a positive culture that is conducive to learning. When designing a STEM classroom, the goal is to create an environment that inspires students to be creative and collaborative. One way of designing a STEM classroom is to add adaptable and functional classroom furniture. These can work as key tools to prompt students to think out of the box.
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Spark Imagination and Creativity with Inspiring Learning Spaces
There is a greater need for schools to create an environment that inspires imagination and more specifically, learning. One way to create these learning spaces is to leverage technology in a classroom setting. Open interaction in the learning process quickens the pace of learning and encourages effective communication among students and teachers.
Why convert your classroom?
Here are some reasons why classrooms need to shift towards inspired learning:
- Motivate learners and staff. A well-designed learning space will have a motivational effect on students and teachers. Design experts agree that the mood of a space makes an impact on teaching and learning. Learning areas that maximise natural light and use less formal furniture, for example, foster an environment that is easy to work in.
- Promote collaboration. Today’s schools are not just venues for acquiring academic knowledge. Students are equipped with skills teaching them to be capable and confident citizens. One such skill is collaboration. As students are given opportunities to work in groups, they discover the values of teamwork and interpersonal relationships. This helps them easily adapt to team-orientated workspaces in the future.
- Encourage flexibility. With rapid advances in technology, flexibility has become an integral part of designing learning spaces. After all, the workspaces of today promote an open, flexible and team-oriented approach. A large component of an educator’s role is to prepare students for the workplace, therefore classrooms should reflect this look and feel from as early as pre-primary and beyond.
- Introduce new teaching methods. Digital technology is integrated into the lives of today’s students. When used well, digital resources support, enhance and amplify the learning experience. Learning becomes an interactive experience for the students, giving them more creativity and control of when, how and the pace in which they learn.
Making space for technology
A number of schools who have adopted technology into their curriculum have reported positive results in their students’ learning experience. In a study conducted by an architectural design firm in Scotland, teaching staff observed the following results:
- A higher degree of student engagement
- Increased peer-to-peer learning
- More collaboration between students and teachers
Digital technology, however, does not and should not replace face-to-face interaction. Rather, it is a tool to facilitate the learning process.
Some tools that schools can utilize include:
- Tablet PCs and laptops
- Interactive whiteboards
- Assistive technology (for students with cognitive disabilities)
- Video recording facilities
Using technology as a learning and teaching tool will enable classrooms to evolve towards interactivity and flexibility. This will skew towards changing how classrooms are designed, and move towards a workplace-like model. If this is how educators are preparing students for tomorrow, today’s learners will be better equipped and spark change for the generations to come after them.
Furniture that elevates the classroom experience
As educational methods continue to evolve over the years, there is a need for learning environments to break away from traditional classroom interiors. While there is no single blueprint for a creative classroom design, there is an emphasis to incorporate innovative furniture solutions that increase collaboration, engage students and facilitate improved teaching methods.
- Flexible seating
Flexible seating options such as floor chairs and mobile chairs and stools, enable students to choose where they work and with whom, allowing them to change their positions and location as needed. They also allow the students to move around, increasing blood flow and oxygen levels, which all helps to keep young minds more alert and focused.
In addition, an uncomfortable student is a distracted student. Flexible seating encourages students to find the best position to stay focused, calm and productive.
- Collaborative tables
Collaborative tables are designed to fit together in multiple arrangements; individual, pairs and larger groups. Having the option to create collaborative spaces provides students with the option of a group workspace for assignments and projects. This solution is not only great for students, but also convenient for teachers. The designs help to organise and supervise students as well as accommodate various learning and teaching styles.
- Ottoman sets
Ottomans are great classroom seating options because they give students more freedom to move around. They can turn to face their teachers or their classmates as the task demands. Due to their small form, the ottomans are also easy to physically move around to suit individual and group projects.
Additionally, ottomans can be paired with a comfortable sofa lounge to make for cosy reading environments or social spaces for breaks.
- Whiteboards and pin boards
Whiteboards are beneficial for visual learners, giving them the opportunity to absorb information in multiple formats. The whiteboards will help increase retention and synthesis of information. Aside from classroom discussions, they are also great for interactive exercises and brainstorming sessions.
Pin boards serve to inspire and motivate. For example, they can be used to showcase students' works and photos. This will encourage young learners and help them feel that their talents are appreciated and valued.
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- Marc Bartolome
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