Classroom Design


Student Spaces

Tackling Barometer Behaviors with Flexible Seating

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Here are my five favorite flexible seating styles.

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Adding a Touch of Light to Student Work Spaces

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Follow these simple directions to make your own lamp.

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The Many Reasons to Try Flexible Seating in Your Classroom

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Creating a brain-based classroom design is a powerful way to support learners of all types, increase engagement and motivation, and much more. 

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Classroom Design—Join Me in End-of-the-Year Reflection

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A simple yet powerful system to take advantage of the seasonal nature of schools through reflection, rejuvenation, professional development, and setting intentions. 

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Supporting Students with Staying in One Spot During Daily 5

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Before students can be independent with Daily 5, they must be able to stay in one spot. Here are some suggestions for success. 

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Chairs as Name Tags?

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Watch this creative idea from Karen Shannon.

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When to Stop Placing Students Around the Room

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Here is how we know when students are ready to make their own choices. 

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Seating Options: Choices, Expectations, and Management

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Shannon Campbell shares some alternative seating options for her fifth-grade students with Gail.

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Successful Seating Choices for Students

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Some bodies don't function well sitting in a chair all day. Here are some creative alternatives that our students love.

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A Clever CAFE Board

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Building a CAFE Menu with the brain in mind.

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Alternative Seating for Success

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So many students, so little room.  Whether you have large class sizes or just want spots in the room where all students can be successful, this video is a must-see.

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Creating Comfortable Seating When District Restrictions Are In Place

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Comfortable seating is sometimes synonymous with upholstered furniture, but it doesn't have to be. This video may give you a few ideas for creative seating solutions.

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Room Arrangement—Long, Narrow Room

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Seating options in a long, narrow classroom can seem limited. Regardless of the shape, any room that seems to be less than ideal can benefit from this makeover.

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Classroom Coffee Tables

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These design photos show students working productively at low tables that provide another kind of seating choice.

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Classroom Computers, How to Arrange Them in the Classroom

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Computers are a wonderful tool, but can monopolize a great deal of space in our rooms. Here's how one teacher handled the issue.

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Creating a Cozy Classroom, Even Without a Couch

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There was a lot of grieving when our district banned the couches in our rooms. Leave it to the amazing Mr. Frank to not let regulations get in the way of what he knows to be best for his kids. He inspires us every day!

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Alternative Seating Options

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Check out this great seating option in this 6th grade classroom.

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Student Material Storage When Using Tables Not Desks

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Using tables in a classroom allows for flexibility, group work and more classroom space.  But what about student materials?  Here are some great ideas for using tables as well as managing student materials.  

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Four Ideas to Create A Reading Corner

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We are always looking for ways to create a cozy niche on a budget. Four inexpensive ideas create a corner that we'd love to spend some time in with a good book of our own. Take a look.

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Sixth-Grade Book Boxes

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Book boxes aren't just for primary students. In this video, Ann Anderson shows us exactly what the book boxes contain. 

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Defined Seating Areas

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Providing limited choice is often what our barometer children need to be successful.

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A Shower Board Table

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Word Work is even more fun when you can write right on the table.

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Unconventional Seating Options

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Designing comfortable, functional working spaces for children isn't hard or expensive.

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What? Not Everyone Has a Desk?

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Moving away from a desk per student was one of the best decisions we ever made. 

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Living Within Design Restrictions

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Being creative in the classroom can help students find their most comfortable reading space.

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