Desks lined up in parallel rows facing the teacher’s desk are the traditional way to set up classroom lectures. Today, however, schools are becoming more focused on student-centered learning experiences, which means creating spaces that accommodate small groups, spark collaboration and encourage interactive learning.
- Flex spaces: In order to set up your environment for student success, it’s important to implement flexible spaces. With flexible design, you give students the opportunity to work in a place that is most comfortable for them, whether it be near a window or in a small study, while also giving them the option to collaborate with others. Once you’ve nailed the design, it’s important to include flexible furniture such as moveable desks and larger tables to encourage students to work together. Couches, large pillows, and other seating styles give students the option to move around and sit where they feel most comfortable, helping them stay focused and productive throughout the day.
- Sit-to-stand desks: Just like many adults in the working world, students sit for several hours a day. Giving students the option to stand at their desks while working can have tremendous benefits for their health and success. Oftentimes, this flexibility makes students more engaged, resulting in higher productivity and grades. It can also reduce the threat of serious health issues. Even with exercise, sitting all day can increase the risk of obesity, heart disease, insomnia and more, according to American Heart Association.
- Natural lighting: Like anywhere else, lighting is important to consider when creating an effective environment. When students have the right lighting in their workspace, it can improve focus, overall mood and reduce the risk of headaches that can be associated with bright, fluorescent lights, according to headaches.org. While natural light is the best option, there are also many artificial light alternatives that are not as harsh and are more energy efficient.
By making just a few simple changes in your educational environment, you can create spaces that support collaboration and productivity, resulting in a better learning experience and overall success. At Commercial Office Environments, we have the furniture, accessories, and technology you need to enhance your space and accommodate your students’ needs.