As families start to count down the last days of summer vacation, teachers and administrators are gearing up for the new school year. With the new school year comes another opportunity to change lives and help future generations gain the skills they need to become successful, productive members of society.
Getting ready for the first day of school means getting your classroom in tip-top shape, and making any needed changes or adjustments. These classroom furniture ideas can help teachers, administrators, and school districts prepare for the upcoming calendar year.
In recent years, we have entered a new era of education. Classroom activities no longer involve the simple lecture and listen method, but instead have gravitated towards approaches that facilitate deeper learning. Interdisciplinary lessons, collaborative projects, and hands on learning have now become the norm.
But, unfortunately, while our teaching styles have evolved, our classrooms have not. Many schools existing today were built back in the 50’s and 60’s and lack the proper constructs to support new styles of teaching and learning. Simply put, we need more collaborative spaces in schools. Collaborative spaces are indispensable to active learning, and are a necessary adjustment our schools will need to make in order to sustain improved emerging pedagogy.
In today’s day and age, going “green” is almost a norm. Eco friendly items can be purchased for your home or office both in store and on hundreds of websites online. But why then have we as a society not yet made the same changes in our schools?
This is an especially important question because there are so many benefits that can be gained from adopting green practices in educational settings. By switching to eco-friendly school furniture, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools can teach the importance of sustainability to their students and also do their part to protect the environment.
Charis Bible College is a nationally renowned educational institution with campus locations across the United States. As an extension of Andrew Wommack Ministries, Charis provides education and training to individuals who are interested in ministry and deepening their faith.
The Supple Collection recently had the opportunity to be introduced to the leaders at Charis and partner with them on a project for improving their learning space. This was an incredible experience for our company because it not only gave us the chance to create beautiful furniture, but also develop close relationships with members of an esteemed educational institution.
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.
As the new year approaches, educators are looking for innovative ways to use classroom furniture to help their students learn more effectively and become more invested in their projects and school work. In the past, schools gave little attention to classroom design, but this matter has changed greatly over the last few years.
Educators and school board members are now realizing that they way that they use space in their school and classrooms has a major impact on student learning. Students are more focused and productive when they can work in a learning environment that is comfortable and allows for movement and collaboration.
Strong emphasis is being placed on technology, group projects, and STEM curriculum. For this reason, many educators have switched to more modern and flexible classroom furniture such as comfortable seating, mobile workstations, and makerspace tables. Below, we’ve highlighted some unique and creative classroom furniture ideas that educators can use to improve their learning space in the year 2019.