Posts Tagged ‘classroom furniture’

4 Super Simple Ways To Furnish A Collaborative Classroom

Thursday, April 6th, 2017
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Creating a collaborative classroom is easier than you think!

More and more classrooms are looking for innovative ways to create collaborative classrooms that foster a better learning environment. In fact, configuring a classroom to optimize student collaboration has been shown to increase student test scores and foster an interest in learning. Furthermore, collaboratively designed classrooms are made to allow students to look at one another and work together instead of focusing solely on a teacher. Here are some simple ways you can turn a traditional lecture room into a fun, collaborative classroom in no time! (more…)

Modern Classroom Furniture for 21st Century Teachers

Friday, May 13th, 2016
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When school’s out for summer, it’s time for some new classroom furniture!

The school year is drawing to a close, and while you would probably rather focus on the inbound summer vacation than the looming presence of next school year, now can be a good time to assess what kind of changes you might need to make to your classroom for the next academic year. More specifically, how you can upgrade your room to include modern classroom furniture to benefit both you and your students. (more…)

Classroom Furniture Mistakes to Avoid

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Classroom Furniture MistakesIf you are just starting out as a teacher, you tend to have a large to-do list before the start of your school year. One of the biggest items to cross of your list before the school year begins is the purchasing of classroom furniture. Without classroom furniture, teaching your students will be impossible. However, there are plenty of mistakes to be made when purchasing your new classroom furniture.

Here are some of the most commonly made mistakes involving purchasing classroom furniture to avoid.

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Trends for Higher Education Design

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

While there is constantly a spotlight on the designs of classrooms throughout the grade school level, people tend to forget the importance of classroom design within higher education as well. We forget that the purpose of college is to further our learning in hopes of finding success within the job market upon graduation. In order to do so, there needs to be focus placed on the classroom design within these universities to ensure students, no matter their age, are being placed in successful learning environments. Over the past few years, these four trends have stayed in the forefront of everyone’s mind when looking at classroom design within higher education.

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  1. Library Space- As more information is provided online rather than in printed texts, libraries are being used as a space to not only study, but interact. More colleges are using their libraries to provide areas for students to relax and not just study for their midterms. You are seeing more lounge furniture and an increase in computers while the areas dedicated to books are becoming more compact.
  2. Flexible Space- Furniture is being built for higher education classrooms to allow movement easily and effectively. Instead of heavy desks and chairs facing a single, permanent board, classrooms have furniture that allows the professor to change the environment. This means lighter desks, chairs on wheels, and boards covering the walls to allow easy movement and better classes.
  3. Collaboration- More studies continue to show that collaboration among students and professors makes for a more productive class. This means that not only classrooms, but other areas within a campus are being designed to encourage collaboration between staff members along with student interaction.
  4. New Concepts- As studies continue to show that the traditional lecture is not as effective when teaching; more classrooms are beginning to incorporate furniture that can move and change. Instead of a single desk or podium at the front of a room, classrooms are being designed with technology and communication in mind. More classes are implementing “experimental” learning strategies instead of the previously used lecture methods, which means classrooms need to mirror that goal.

 

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is proud to furnish educational settings as well as providing quality furniture for corporate offices, hospitality businesses, local casinos, and healthcare facilities. Tony Hill, Managing Partner, and Hans Edwards, Partner, have been working together since 1998 to provide quality multimedia and furniture products and services to a number of different businesses and industries.

To get started with Edwards & Hill, call us today at 301-317-4250. You can also fill out our online contact form to ask specific questions about one of our specific services.

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Classroom Organization for Productivity

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Classroom Organization

Teachers who have young students, ranging from grades first to third, understand how difficult it can be to keep their students engaged and on task. If the subject doesn’t interest them, their young minds tend to wander and the subject matter becomes lost to them. However, classroom organization can help to keep young students on task and productive.

Classroom Organization: Group Area

When working in a large group during class time, have your students organized in a circle. This will allow teachers to easily engage every student while allowing students to easily interact with one another. A circle allows everyone, including the teacher, to be seen and heard at all times, which helps the teacher keep their students on task. Want to get the students engaged immediately? Create a game of rearranging the furniture into a circle. Have the students use their teamwork and communication skills to create a circle in a certain amount of time.

Classroom Organization: Desk Area

As you organize the seating and work areas for students, try to have the tables and desks organized in a pattern. This will help engage the students during lessons while also making it easier for teachers to interact with their class. If you use individual desks, consider grouping them in threes and fours to help encourage group work. If you use larger tables, be sure to space the students out to make the seating arrangement comfortable. If students feel cramped or crowded, they are less likely to stay focused during a lesson. Once your students return from their winter break, consider rearranging the pattern of your desks. Ask the students how they feel about their seating arrangement and get them involved in changing the look of the classroom. A simple switch in desk placement can help reengage students during the second half of the school year.

 

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is proud to furnish educational settings as well as providing quality furniture for corporate offices, hospitality businesses, local casinos, and healthcare facilities. Tony Hill, Managing Partner, and Hans Edwards, Partner, have been working together since 1998 to provide quality multimedia and furniture products and services to a number of different businesses and industries.

To get started with Edwards & Hill, call us today at 301-317-4250. You can also fill out our online contact form to ask specific questions about one of our specific services.

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Colors in the Classroom: Beneficial or Distracting?

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Colors help in the Classroom

With the school year beginning across the state of Maryland, many teachers are taking the time to step back and observe their students within their new classroom. While some teachers enjoy decorating every area of their classroom, some teachers prefer a plain white classroom. Although too many decorations can become distracting for students within a classroom, studies have shown that different colors within the classroom and other areas of a school can benefit students in different ways. In an article written by Perkins and Will Associate Kathie Engelbrecht, colors can help improve overall productivity within a classroom while also helping the different systems within the human body.

After reviewing a study performed by Antonio F. Torrice, certain colors have been proven to help with the different systems of a student. The study results are as follows:

  1. Violet- Nonverbal skills
  2. Yellow- Cardiopulmonary system
  3. Red- Motor skills
  4. Blue- Eyes, nose, ear functions
  5. Orange- Circulatory system
  6. Green- Speech

 

While the effects of colors on each student may vary, it could be helpful for teachers to consider the results of the study as they decorate and arrange their classroom. As teachers begin to learn about their new students, they can adjust their classroom interior to meet the needs of each student. Studies have also shown that generally, having colors in the classroom can have several benefits for students. These benefits include:

  1. Place Identity- Developing a color plan within a primary school setting can aide in “wayfinding” for younger students.
  2. Easy on the Eyes- Providing a colorful area for students to look at in contrast to the black and white lines of text can help relieve some eye strain they might experience during the day.
  3. Development Support- Each student is different, but most students will respond to colors in a certain way. By changing the colors that surround students as they grow older can assist in their overall development during their school years.
  4. Accuracy- In a study performed by the United States Navy, certain colors within a classroom can help to improve the accuracy of students along with their overall productivity.

 

Edwards and Hill Office Furniture is proud to furnish educational settings as well as providing quality furniture for corporate offices, hospitality businesses, local casinos, and healthcare facilities. Tony Hill has been partnering with Hans Edwards since 1998 to provide quality multimedia and furniture services to a number of different businesses and industries.

 

To get started with Edwards and Hill, call us today at 301-317-4250. You can also fill out our online contact form to ask specific questions about one of our specific services.

 

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Source:

http://sdpl.coe.uga.edu/HTML/W305.pdf

 

How to Decorate your Classroom

Monday, July 21st, 2014

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As we enter into the middle of the summer season, the thought of the classroom is sure to be creeping its way back into the minds of teachers. While their classroom design is probably the last thing on their mind, new studies are showing that the design and decorating scheme of a classroom may have a significant effect, both positive and negative, on the way students learn and how much information they retain.

 

In a recent study performed by Carnegie Mellon University, younger students retain more information in classrooms that lack decoration. When 24 kindergarten students were taught subjects in two different classrooms, one with colorful decorations and one with plainer walls, the students tested better on subjects taught in the latter classroom. This led researchers to believe that students are more likely to be off-task when there are distractions surrounding them.

 

Another study performed during the 2011-12 academic year in Blackpool, England suggests that a number of factors in the classroom can affect the learning and retention of students. The study was performed by the University of Salford School of the Built Environment and involved 751 students in 34 different classrooms. Researchers tested the classrooms on 10 different characteristics that were:

  • Texture
  • Color
  • Choice
  • Air Quality
  • Light
  • Temperature
  • Connection
  • Complexity
  • Sound
  • Flexibility

 

Of the ten characteristics, six showed an effect on the students learning. Those characteristics were:

  • Light
  • Connection
  • Complexity
  • Choice
  • Color
  • Flexibility

 

 

Of the characteristics, at least two involved the furniture within the classroom. The ability to rearrange classroom furniture along with the ability to accommodate yet not crowd students was considered flexibility. The quality of furniture provided to the students along with the selection of ergonomic chairs and tables was categorized as choice. These characteristics are important to keep in mind as the new school year slowly approaches teachers.

 

At Edwards & Hill Office Furniture, we offer a wide variety of furniture to meet your classroom needs. We are also authorized dealers of a number of top brand names in the educational furniture industry.

 

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Sources:

http://www.mmqb.com/tcmmqbnew/tcmmqbnew.rsc

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671627/study-shows-how-classroom-design-affects-student-learning