Arranging Classroom Furniture

classroomlayoutAs a teacher, catering to children with various intelligences can be extremely challenging. This is especially true in more traditional classrooms.

Numerous studies have shown that furniture and classroom layout can have a significant impact on learning, no matter what each individual child’s strengths are.

In “Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom,” Thomas Armstrong explains that the classroom environment should not be static, and that it is important to break out of more conventional set ups to better accommodate every kind of student. School desks should not necessarily face forward in neat lines, colors and textures should be used more often, and teachers should be an active part of the class instead of being seated in the back.

When arranging furniture in a classroom, consider the different types of work that will come up throughout the school day. Individual work, work in pairs, group projects… Children also love privacy, so consider creating little reading nooks and other small spaces with the help of bookshelves, rocking chairs and other pieces.