Classrooms built in the early 1900s are small, with few windows, harsh flourescent lighting and rigid furniture.Let's Try Something New »
It's pretty empty right now. Let's put some old furniture in there.
This probably looks pretty familiar, right?
The students stare forward at the teacher & then the chalkboard.
Now learning is shared among students, maybe with devices. That's a big improvement. But, it doesn't quite feel right. Everything is sort of cramped and there's a sense that the learning environment wasn't meant to be this way.
Let's try something different.
Look at all that new room! The desks fit together naturally, and the teacher can stand among them. Even the chalkboard moves!
Now, these students are learning together and from the teacher. There's even room to hop over to the research library. And all of this creative exploration feels natural and intuitive in this space.
Are you as excited as we are?
Classrooms will be 30% larger, expanding from 700 square feet to 1,000. This added space will give adequate room for students to grow, in the form of an expanded library, some maker space, alternative seating and furniture, or an advanced tech lab.
They continue to change, any time and in any way you can imagine. "Flexible furniture" means movable, interchangeable components that can fit to any need. With collaborative learning models, our teachers need this flexibility to maximize student learning potential.
In and out of the classroom, change never stops. Being flexible would allow our learning environments to adapt and transform to the needs of the moment. Our students work in groups large and small and sometimes as individuals. Creating a classroom that feels like it was meant for this kind of learning is important for a child's sense of confidence in their learning environment.
A child's mind and body need room to grow. Larger classrooms with flexible furniture and new technology can open windows to whole new possibilities for our students.
Giving kids a little wiggle room can make a big difference. Old learning models required students to face squarely forward and sit up straight. As the learning environment looses that rigid structure, its important to not make students feel locked into position.
Project-based learning teaches collaboration, an essential skill in the new economy. Wing and wedge tables and desks are dynamic and can adapt to different group sizes. Standing desks allow students to feel and think more actively. Maker tables have room to work while keeping tools and supplies on-hand.