Fostering An All-Inclusive Classroom Through Furniture (Part One)
Education furniture supports learning and development for all abilities!
Creating a classroom space is vital to the growth and development of students of all abilities, after all, this is the place where they spend the majority of their waking hours.
There are a number of considerations to take when planning an all-inclusive classroom including, textures, acoustics, color, fabrics, sensory areas, in addition to the durability and comfort of each desk, chair, and other seating areas.
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Why is an inclusive environment important for learning?
Because children are spending long days indoors, it’s vital to create an atmosphere that spurs kids towards learning and can keep them actively engaged, which means fostering an environment that takes into consideration all-abilities.
This may mean investing in new commercial school furniture at best or reconfiguring your classroom to ensure the classroom is easy for students and teachers to move around freely in different activities, one that allows the teacher to address the different needs of their students, and a space where kids can work both individually, in small groups, or collaboratively as a class.
The Case For Space
In the past, there was one type of classroom — desks were lined row after row and inclusivity was not considered. As we’ve progressed and learned more about the whole child, we know that kids are unique and individual and that a one-size-fits-all classroom is no longer the best practices in education.
A classroom needs to be fluid and adaptive to all abilities, so the need for different areas is crucial.
There can be small spaces for teachers and other educational professionals to work with students one-on-one or in small groups. This is a great area to connect and build relationships, while also creating a space that is quiet and an environment to refocus a child when needed.
Classroom support spaces or breakout areas are also needed in today’s classroom. They can be in close proximity to the teacher’s desk or main learning area to improve accessibility and create fewer transit issues while keeping everyone connected.
Enhance Your Classroom For All Abilities
While the way your classroom is laid out matters, so do the details in what you choose to put in your classroom, namely the furniture and other decor aspects.
Let’s explore how you can foster an all-abilities classroom through the furniture and other design you choose.
Addressing A Noisy Classroom
It’s been found that high classroom noise levels negatively impact students’ learning abilities but especially those with learning disabilities, so addressing classroom acoustics is vital in fostering an all-inclusive classroom.
How do you improve classroom acoustics?
Be mindful of where you’re putting different breakout areas. For example, you don’t want to put a play area next to a reading area. Instead, the play area could be positioned towards the back of the room, while a quiet area can be up towards the front and off the side — perhaps a little book nook!
An inclusive classroom matters and you can easily create one with a few adjustments to the layout and the furniture you choose.
We have a lot more to cover so stay tuned for part two!
Begin an all-abilities classroom with our commercial education furniture today!