Assistive Listening Makes Outdoor Learning Accessible 

  By Sam Nord Sometimes a change of scenery really does make a positive difference. During the pandemic, many schools moved lunch periods, classes, and meetings outdoors to provide better ventilation and more space for teachers and students to gather. While administrators’ primary intentions in moving events outside may have been to keep people physically

From Teacher-Focused to Student-Centered Learning

  By Stephanie Standley Traditional classrooms were designed around the lecturer with the chalkboard as the focal point. Rows and rows of neatly aligned desks created a comforting and predictable order. This arrangement cut down on chit chat and established routine. Rules, well, ruled. Classrooms typically had a structured approach that reflected the goals of

5 Tips for Finding Your Best Uniform Provider

  By Gary Goldberg The use of school uniforms has been on the rise. According to the most recent National Center for Education Statistics, between 2000 and 2017, the number of schools requiring uniforms climbed 8%, for a total of 20% of U.S. schools requiring uniforms for the 2017-2018 school year. In strictly business terms,

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
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