Build confidence through collaboration. Take children out of stressful, crowded environments and place them into a smaller, relaxed atmosphere to enhance their ability to learn. Small group learning is great for building communication and social skills and encourages teamwork as everyone in the group is working toward achieving the same goal.
Use any open space to create a gathering spot. Using soft seating, you can build a flexible space for impromptu meetings and socializing that can also double as project planning space for small groups.
Small group learning environments provide students space to demonstrate mastery by creating and presenting projects that simulate real research methods.
Does every learning space need desks and chairs? Consider a lounge approach to spaces where students or staff can gather to work or socialize.