Managing off-task behavior is one of the most challenging aspects of teaching. Trying to identify the root of off-task behavior can feel like searching in the dark with no real end.
Teachers and administrators dealing with off-task behavior may feel frustrated or confused. They aren’t sure how to identify the problem, much less fix it. They may wonder, is the material not engaging enough? Is a different approach needed? Are outside issues, such as problems at home, an illness, or a learning disability, causing certain students to be off task? Very rarely in these situations is the learning environment itself critically assessed and taken into consideration.
It turns out that school furniture matters a great deal for student performance. By choosing furniture that facilitates active learning and eliminates distraction, educators can reduce the prevalence of problematic behavior and help their students succeed.
Have you ever wondered if your library is living up to its full potential? The goal of every library is to fulfill the needs of the surrounding community. Libraries provide services and resources that help the public stay informed, educated, healthy, and entertained. Why then are some libraries constantly buzzing with activity while others look as desolate as a ghost town? What makes some libraries more successful than others?
While numerous factors can affect the success of a library, perhaps the most important is library design. Library furniture and design plays a huge role in determining how people interact with a library and what importance they ascribe to its existence. If people visiting the library feel like their needs are being met, they are much more likely to return.
When planning a new library or remodeling an existing one, it’s important to a number of elements into consideration, including traffic patterns, accessibility, organization, comfort, and aesthetics.1 Optimizing libraries for positive interactions can lead to higher levels of engagement, deeper learning, and an increase in popularity, thus benefiting the surrounding community as well as the library itself.
Can you imagine a world without lakes, forests, and fresh air? Since the dawn of time, humans have sought a connection with nature. For many, the experience of being in nature brings peace, clarity, and joy. Furthermore, we depend on natural resources as a society for food, building materials, energy, and much of our daily lives.
That’s why it so frightening to live in a world where natural spaces are vanishing rapidly. Every year, an estimated 18 million acres of forest are lost due to deforestation.1 Unless we, as a society, change our patterns of behavior, the natural world as we know it will cease to exist.
Creating a sustainable world starts with making environmentally friendly decisions in our daily lives, at home and at work. By purchasing multi purpose furniture for your school, coworking office, or library that can be reused and adapted continually, you are helping to conserve precious natural resources and are protecting the environment.