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Huddle Spaces: Changing How Teachers Manage a Classroom

  By Bari Gersten The pandemic has transformed the way we work and learn. As educators who are committed to preparing students to enter the workforce, it makes sense that the way we teach has also changed since the pandemic. The past 18 months have reinforced the need for every student to have their own

Flexibility: The New Movement in Classroom Design

  By Melissa Potter Reminiscing about the first days of kindergarten or elementary brings that familiar song back, the one that includes this line: “…we’re all in our places with bright shining faces.” What a difference a few decades have made. As classroom teachers and instructional leaders have planned for the opening of schools in

How Schools in Motion Drive Engaged Learning

  By Dr. Dieter Breithecker Learning, working, and living spaces have a long-term impact on our physical, mental, and social well-being. This underscores the important role spaces and furnishing play in meeting our basic physiological needs. As humans, we come equipped with highly specialized sensory organs (like eyes and ears), and those which are located

Reimagining Learning Spaces This New School Year

  By Eileen Roybal Surviving the “EdVenture” that was 2020 lands stakeholders in a unique situation to take advantage of an opportunity to reimagine learning spaces. Choosing the proper desking and seating is a great place to start. Desks and chairs are often the first things people notice when entering an educational space. And, after

The Living Classroom: Elements of a Flexible Learning Environment

  By Alicia Springer It’s no secret that students in classrooms today learn differently than they did in the past. It has become more apparent the needs of the learner are becoming increasingly diverse, which makes the necessity of creating flexible learning environments even more critical. As an educator yourself, you’ve likely been in an

Using Whiteboards in the Classroom

  By Kalena Baker I really don’t know what I would have done if I had to teach in a time before whiteboards and markers. They were essential to my classroom – so essential that they are one of my 9 Must-Haves for Upper Elementary Teachers. We didn’t just use them on a daily basis

Whiteboards in the Post-Pandemic School Environment

  Schools are a great leveler. Students have the same desk, work together in the same classrooms, and use the same facilities and technologies on campus. On the other hand, students without access to ideal or sufficient set-ups at home can often find digital learning less productive and more troublesome than going to school in

Ensure Safe and Clean Learning Spaces This Fall

  By Eileen Roybal Maintaining a safe and clean learning environment is more important now than ever before. For so long, the trend in education was collaborative, hands-on learning. Now, to keep students and staff safe, learning spaces will simply have to look differently. Hopefully, for the sake of encouraging biophilia – the idea that

How to Incorporate Modular, Reconfigurable Design Elements into Education Spaces

  By John Stein In the COVID-19 world, the necessity for educational facilities to prioritize student wellness is more relevant than ever, as good design has become a literal health issue—where strategic square footage, hygienic surfaces and materials, and proper social distancing solutions are fundamentally important to ensure learners (and their educators) remain in good

Social Distancing Solutions Through Classroom Furnishings

  By Jane Shepherd It’s no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about enormous changes to the everyday lives of people across the globe. When it comes to the education system, classrooms, hallways, extracurriculars and even buses will be modified with social distancing and cleanliness regulations in place to ensure that people stay as