A Collaborative Classroom Environment Begins With Flexible Furniture
Studies have shown that students engaged in classrooms where they work together and learn from each other not only memorize information, but understand it. The latter is the goal of any teacher because if a student understands the information, they retain it long after a test is taken and have the capacity to build upon that knowledge. This is the space where students take lesson information and ask insightful questions and generate new ideas. Unfortunately, teachers are often limited by traditional, cumbersome classroom furniture: it inhibits their ability to design collaborative lesson plans.
Here at Egyptian, we offer several classroom furniture options to facilitate the collaborative and active learning experience.
Shape and Size
Collaborative learning furniture comes in all different shapes and sizes, from diamond-shaped desks for one or two students, to conference-type tables that can support up to 16 students. Whatever the shape, it’s important to consider the classroom size and determine how the particular pieces will fit within that space. Try to aim for minimal wasted space.
Different subjects call for different furniture configurations. When teaching math in a collaborative environment, a group of students work together with a group leader to help them understand the equations. Social studies activities, on the other hand, call for larger groups of students working all together. In this situation, a larger conference-type table is preferred.
With the need to save space in today’s classrooms, educators and students alike endorse the Interchange Wing Desk. It provides a wide, stable workspace as well as great flexibility by allowing configurations in compact clusters of up to four students. Its wing design also enables work to take place in groups of three or two, or individually.
Shown: 30 Students, 784 Square Feet, Wing Desks
In a collaborative environment, students work individually and in groups. So do these space-efficient Interchange Mini Diamond Desks. Notice how compactly groups of six fit into the space and how well the desks can be arranged into semi-circles, pairs and threes to suit the lesson. Mini Diamond Desks are available in the UXL and the Interchange lines.
Shown: 24 Students, 784 Square Feet, Mini-Diamond Desks
Versatility Raised to the Power of Two
Space efficient diamonds are a classroom’s best friend, as shown here by these Interchange Two-Student Diamond Desks. They are setup for group work in pairs, fours and sixes. Note how compactly the groups of six fit into the space and how easily the desks can be arranged in other configurations (like semi-circles and pairs) to suit the lesson.
Shown: 24 Students, 900 Square Feet, Two Student-Diamond Desks