We spend a lot of time learning about learning environments. After all, it’s part of our mission to team with educators and administrators alike to create spaces that are most conducive to learning. If you scan through our previous posts here, you’ll find quite a few dedicated to educational spaces and the designs, technology and even colors that best promote learning.
Different types of spaces promote different types of learning, from the traditional teacher-in-front classroom setting to smaller, more interactive arrangements, which is why we’re big fans of the agile classroom approach.
But we need to remember not only that different types of learning take place, but that every student is different as well. There is no one-size-fits all solution in educational spaces, simply because some students will thrive in a quiet setting that promotes concentration, while others will really blossom in more hands-on, interactive settings. Those fidgety kids who disrupt the traditional classroom setting might well turn out to be real leaders in a small group session.
The ideal environment supports not only different types of learning, but different types of learners, and the classroom that’s stuck in the traditional lecture-hall setting may prevent some students from reaching their full potential.
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