Learning The Layout - Best Classroom Layouts for Learning in Schools by UK Educational Furniture, 18/01/16

Learning The Layout - Best Classroom Layouts for Learning in Schools

Learning the Layout

Best Classroom Layouts for Learning in Schools

You may not think it, but the layout of a classroom can have a significant impact on the way students learn. Perhaps you never really gave it much thought when you were at school, but the organisation of the classroom, specifically the Classroom Tables, is an essential factor in the learning experience.

Researchers from University of Salford carried out a study into the arrangement and design of various classrooms to find out how they can affect learning both positively and negatively (you can read about the study here). They researched 34 classrooms in seven schools and found that environmental factors, including the layout of a room, had a significant effect on students.

Here are a number of ways that learning can be improved through the layout of the classroom.

Use the U-Shape

Use the U-Shape

Many teachers use the U-shape classroom, which is a classic classroom design to encourage greater participation. The semi-circle allows for more discussion and greater collaboration between students, so where discussion is the focus of the class, this can work well.

Arrange into Groups

Sitting students in groups can have many benefits. It can be good for both speaking and listening activities, and the students are in a better position to work together and learn from each other. Groups of six are especially good because you can split them into groups of either two or three without moving anyone around.

Mix the Sexes

Ofsted has stated that boys and girls should sit next to each other to improve concentration. It claims that sitting boys with girls of a lower age group is even better, and the same is true the other way around, so this is worth trying out.

Provide Space to Move

Being too cramped inside the classroom can have a negative impact on the learning experience. Freedom to move around the desks is positive for the teacher, who can get to every desk easily to address concerns of individual students, and it can also help with concentration for the students, whilst giving them room to move or release any

Other Factors to Consider

As well as the layout, there are other factors to keep in mind. For example, you should ensure that classroom desks and classroom chairs are comfortable because this can also help the learning experience. Students cannot concentrate properly when they are forced to learn in discomfort.

Also make sure there is enough natural light in the classroom. The University of Salford study found that the students benefit when there was more natural light in a classroom, and this makes perfect sense because a classroom that is too dark can affect concentration.

Be Flexible with Your Classroom Layout

All of these ideas can help you to encourage students to get more out of the learning experience. The best thing that you can do is to be flexible. Different layouts can work for different types of activities, so always consider your options for each activity and help your students to maximise their potential during your classes. You may even find flexible furniture helpful with products including folding tables that are easy to move and reposition.

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