Innovative classroom furnishings encourage creativity and collaboration

As schools seek ways to encourage individuality, creativity, innovation and collaboration, redesigning the classroom space seems like a logical place to start. The traditional desk-in-rows format does little to promote these ideas. Many schools are now looking at flexible seating options and new classroom designs that work better with new educational approaches and the growing use of technology.

These seating options don’t have to be expensive. While some furnishings, such as moveable tables and desks, may cost more money — that can often be covered by grants and fund-raising campaigns — flexible seating options for elementary grades can be as simple as using yoga or bath mats, milk crates with cushions, bean bag chairs or exercise balls.

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