Futuristic learning spaces fuelled by Chairmans innovative imagination

| March 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

BY GAYNOR KRUGER

We are natural-born creative thinkers.
Therefore, our learning environments need to change from mind- numbingly boring classroom boxes to interactive and inspiring spaces that support a diversity of learners and a multitude of learning scenarios with flexible furniture configurations.
Your classroom environment should be structured to include both accountability and freedom for your learners. We are living in an ever-changing environment, where innovation occurs in every moment: school classrooms need to change their 100-year-old look too. Learners need to problem-solve, collaborate, create and design solutions for problems that don’t even exist yet. So how can we assist these learners? Chairmans to the rescue!

Chairmans is the next education revolution
We need to give these learners the opportunity to be great by reconfiguring our spaces into collaborative, flexible, technology-rich learning hubs. It’s a mindset – embrace it – innovation is creativity in motion. This is the next revolution in education. Learning spaces impact learning even more so when you are trying to teach creatively. A normal old school classroom with rows of desks inhibits what teachers can do in a classroom. Studies have shown that modern learning environments improve student performance. These new classrooms, combined with flexible furniture and technology, foster creativity and enhance students’ well-being.
According to research dating back to August 2017, at a Minnesota University in the US, 70% of learners reported better attendance, marks/scores and creativity due to the newly designed active
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learning environments. Learners seemed happier and more engaged. They participated more and were having more invigorating conversations. Giving learners a choice about how they learn, highlights the fact that everyone learns differently.

Design tips
Consider these tips for redesigning learning spaces:
First, have a conversation with your learners about where they like to learn and why. You’ll be amazed how insightful learners are when it comes to redesigning learning spaces.
Secondly, consider that, more times than not, schools are starting small with one or two classrooms, maybe a library or an old computer laboratory. Think about your learner experiences, not furniture.
Then, bear in mind that re-designed spaces should also cater to your classroom/school’s needs, so copying another learner space may not give your classroom/school the desired results.
Make removing the front of the classroom a priority. This approach empowers the teacher to increase the collaborative nature of the space.
Understand the interconnectedness of the physical and digital spaces and how the space should be reshaped quickly to support the student learning experience.
Declutter the classroom and use invigorating colours. Colour adds life to learning and evokes creativity.
Lastly, ditch your traditional teacher space and replace it with a vibrant hum of authentic learning and collaboration.

Contact Chairmans, because we have changed the look of classrooms locally and internationally. We’ve awakened the beast in the educational environment and I’m proud to be a part of this.

Gaynor Kruger is a former teacher who has taught internationally for ten years and has been an inspiration with regard to collaborative educational furniture in South Africa. She has a passion to change learning and teaching environments for all and considers space to be the third teacher!

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