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How Classroom Design Affects Student Performance

Because today’s young learners are a generation unlike any before them, classroom design has a massive impact on both engagement and performance. Because, as research shows, education isn’t just about technology or pedagogy, it’s also about environment.

In fact, research increasingly shows the impact classroom design has on student success: 25%, positive or negative depending on the environment, on annual academic progress. And Dr. Sheryl Reinisch, the Dean of Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education says that well designed classrooms can “ “help children feel safe, secure, and valued. As a result, self-esteem increases, and students are motivated to engage in the learning process.”

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Designing a Collaborative Classroom

Is there a more necessary skill in today’s workforce than the ability to collaborate? It doesn’t appear to be so, with over 80 percent of white-collar workers claiming collaboration as a necessary part of their job.

It’s no wonder then, why educators are seeking out ways to create more collaborative classrooms. Because what better way to empower our children than by teaching them the skills they’ll need to contribute and thrive once they exit the school system and enter the workforce?

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The Best Activity Tables for Your Learning Environment

Furnishing a classroom isn’t just about tables and chairs. As most educators are already aware, there are numerous factors to consider – each impacting a student’s education in ways that may not be initially obvious.

Of course, quality, price, and durability are essential in the decision-making process, but what about the implications each piece of furniture has on a child’s learning?

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Seven Things to Consider Before Buying School Furniture

There’s a Chinese proverb, which says, “Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.”

This aphorism is likely more true of today’s children than of any previous generation. Thanks in large part to rapid technological growth, the modern child (and the modern classroom) bears little resemblance to the past.

While traditional teaching consisted of the “stand and teach/sit still and listen” format, today’s teachers understand this isn’t ideal. Instead, educators must work harder to engage students in active learning, knowing that people learn best by doing.

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The Best Office Colors to Boost Creativity, Happiness, and Productivity

Did you know that a spoonful of your favorite dessert could taste better (or worse) depending on the color of the dish it’s served in. Amazing, right?

If there’s scientific evidence showing this is true (and there is), then surely color can impact other areas of our life as well. Take, for example, mood and workplace productivity. It isn’t hard to imagine that these, too, could benefit from exposure to the right color. So, what then, is the right color?

As with anything in life, what’s ideal in one situation may be counterproductive in another. And color is no exception.

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Why Well-Designed Learning Spaces Pay Educational Dividends

So much of the attention surrounding education focuses on how teachers teach, and for obvious reasons. It’s a teacher’s job to impart information to a classroom filled with unique individuals, each learning in different ways, for a variety of reasons.

However, we’re learning that in order to develop successful, well-educated students who thrive outside the classroom, there’s more to consider than how we teach. As it turns out, the actual design of the physical learning space matters just as much as the method of teaching does.

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3 Activity Tables That Will Improve Your Learning Environment

Furnishing a classroom isn’t just about tables and chairs. As most educators are already aware, there are numerous factors to consider – each impacting a student’s education in ways that may not be initially obvious.

Of course, quality, price, and durability are essential in the decision-making process, but what about the implications each piece of furniture has on a child’s learning? Take, for example, activity tables. There are many different shapes and options available, each with varying levels of versatility and functionality. Plus, and perhaps most importantly, each of the different shapes influences student-to-student and student-teacher interactions.

Below, in an effort to shed some light on the options currently on the market, we’ve discussed some of the unique traits and benefits of a few different activity tables:

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Glenrose Foundation Courage Gala

The CDI Spaces team recently had the great honor of not only attending the Glenrose Foundation Courage Gala but also of supplying and installing the furniture and soft seating used for the event at the Shaw Conference Center including their fun photo booth area.

Supporting vital local causes like the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, which has been serving patients of all ages for more than 40 years who require complex rehabilitation, is near and dear to our heart and we are delighted to have played a part in this remarkable evening.

K-12 School Furniture

Choosing School Furniture To Support Quality Education

We’re guessing you’ve heard the old proverb, “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link” – right? Well, when it comes to schools and learning environments, oftentimes, low quality furniture is the weakest link.

Keeping this in mind, it makes sense that a school’s furnishings will impact a student’s education as much as the educators who teach the curriculum do.

From the seating in a teacher’s lounge to the workstations in a classroom, quality and comfort (or lack thereof) influence the experiences of all parties involved.

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