A student’s learning experience is impacted by the classroom design around them. Basic things such as classroom lighting, the colour of the room, the air quality, the layout and the quality of the furniture all affect students. In the 21st century, more and more teachers are seeking a classroom layout that promotes collaboration among students.
From primary school to university, students need an environment that is comfortable and adaptable to their changing needs. When children and students spend 6+ hours of their day in dull and uncomfortable environments, it doesn’t make for the most inspired individuals. In order to achieve high levels of student engagement, the environment should be ergonomically and thoughtfully designed.
Flexible Classroom Design
Flexible classroom design is something many schools strive for. They choose to replace the outdated and rigid row-column setups with various different layouts. This decision is motivated by the belief that allowing flexible movement and arrangement within the classroom encourages more collaboration and connectivity overall.
Some of the most common layouts featured in today’s classrooms are the quad/cluster design, the horseshoe layout and distinct learning centers per table. A mixed floor plan is a good option for classes engaging in several different activities at the same time; this works especially well for young children. It can also be useful for universities where different classes are held in the same room.
Classroom decoration is often overlooked because teachers will fill the walls with students’ work anyway. However, starting off the school year with blank walls will leave visual learners feeling bored and restless. Having colours on the walls, along with educational posters, charts and art supplies, will make them feel more at home.
Kinesthetic learners will love to have props and toys that engage their problem-solving skills. Another ‘decoration’ could be the use of music in the classroom. It can create a whole new world for students and be used to stimulate their imaginations. Visual aids like projectors and smart whiteboards can also be implemented.
Ergonomics In The Classroom
It is very important to select ergonomic chairs and desks for any type of education facility. Children and young adults are still developing so they need furniture that won’t cause permanent damage. They also need furniture that’s comfortable to sit on for extended periods. Every chair should be easily adjustable, provide lumbar support and be appropriate to student needs. Depending on the style of learning, swivel and wheels could be useful to rearrange the room quickly.
An ergonomic chair for younger children may look different than a chair for older students. Keep in mind the classroom layout, the learning style and the duration of any activity students are completing.
Once the learning goals of a classroom are set and learning styles are identified, a classroom can be designed ergonomically. Throughout the year, a classroom’s environment can affect student progress. Ensure your learning environment is planned with care and attention. Experiment with different classroom layouts, seeing which suits your students best. Identify what kinds of learners your students are (use the VARK model) and then add engaging elements to the room for each type. Create an engaging, inviting and comfortable space for your students today.
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