A classroom is a learning environment that is flexible, collaborative, active and personalized.
Classroom environments should allow students to feel connected to the content, teacher and peers. Learning environments should have key elements that are more personalized and active learning, with access to real-world and hands-on learning or ‘making’ experiences.
As you’re planning your learning environment think about what you are trying to accomplish, how it will be used, where it will be located and how it will integrate with the grade level or learning community. Here are some questions to help guide your discussions and ultimately, the best ways to set up your environment.
Looking for classroom ideas? You can find them down below and in our Collaborative Conversion Workbook.
Use shape top tables to create the creative, fun learning environments based on the needs of the lesson or the students. Group work, direct instruction, and collaborative groups can be created by teacher or students. Evaluate storage needs: fixed or mobile shelving, locking cabinets, totes that move from cabinet to desk and back.
Mix it up! Use shape tables with writable surfaces to stimulate and engage students’ brains. Wheelbarrow Nebula, Expanse, Gravity and Nova tables, then use them to create active and collaborative environments – separate or all together. Add flexible seating – rockers, MOV, BLOC, STP and QUBE stools for comfort and personalization.