Common Questions About Classroom Design Services
Why Is Classroom Design Important to the Learning Environment?
We strive to create flexible classroom designs, as this lets students try various learning techniques. It also gives teachers the ability to respond better to the different learning needs of each student.
Simply put, the right classroom design layout ensures that all students are given the best possible chance of learning.
How to Design an Inclusive Classroom
Our design team uses the following strategies to create an inclusive classroom:
- Creating group workspaces for students, such as desks or tables in small groups
- Providing centers for various learning styles and furniture for students with disabilities
- Creating a meeting spot for discussions and larger group activities
- Limiting the décor, so it does not provide too much sensory stimulation
How to Design a Classroom
Designing a classroom will always depend on the planned use of the classroom, including the age of the students and the subject being taught. A good classroom design will make students comfortable and help them learn.
How to Design a Classroom Layout
Designing a classroom layout includes the same considerations as general classroom design. But the focus is more on the floor plan instead of smaller details like décor. By contrast, general classroom design will consider both of these things.
Depending on the age of the students, a good classroom layout will include:
- A teacher’s desk
- Student desks or group tables
- Sturdy bookshelves
- Area rugs
- Puzzles and other age-appropriate activities
- Personal storage containers or systems with easy access
How to Use Universal Design for Learning in the Classroom
The following are just some of the strategies that can help teachers use universal design for learning in the classroom:
- Recognize the strengths and weaknesses of each student
- Share content in various formats
- Rely on digital materials if possible
- Let students showcase their knowledge with various methods
- Use technology to provide software-based support when necessary
How Does Classroom Design Affect Learning?
Classroom design affects the students’ feeling of ownership over their space. It also affects the lighting and air quality. Additionally, the design affects the acoustics of the space, as the teacher’s voice needs to amplify for students to feel connected and part of the classroom conversation. For preschool and kindergarten spaces, the layout should help disperse the noise during free play so the sound does not become overwhelming. All these factors influence the ability of students to learn.
The Takeaway – Take Advantage of Our Design Services
The good news is that you don’t have to worry too much about designing a classroom completely by yourself. Worthington Direct’s design services partners will take some of the guesswork out of it for you. You select the furniture you want in the classroom and tell us your objectives. Then, our teams will use their knowledge and experience to create an inclusive design that encourages learning. The resulting classroom design will allow students to focus on their lessons and be engaged in their learning.