“What we learn in school becomes a part of who we are. “A classroom is a child’s second home. Classrooms have always been a large part of children’s lives when it comes to learning educational lessons or life’s morals and values.
Over the years, the perception of a classroom in schools has always been the same. Typical classrooms usually consist of a writing board for the teacher, a teacher’s desk, student desks and some side boards for artwork and posters. Many students tend to get bored in such classrooms because they lack creativity and inspiration.
As technology advances, many people have awakened to the idea of designing spaces in ways to create inspiration and send positive vibes and energy to the occupants of the space. There are many smart designs that can help you create an interesting, healthy classroom for students to use. For example, you can start by choosing collaborative furniture suitable for classrooms, in other words, furniture that can be used to create interaction between groups of students and teachers. This can be done by using learning furniture such as desks with interactive screens installed (younger generations are more connected to technology). You can also choose a multi-function student desk where each student has a storage space, like drawers, and the desk can be designed with ergonomics in mind. (No sharp edges).
Another way to create a more dynamic classroom is by dividing the classroom space into different zones to create a sense of adventure and excitement for students. This can be done by creating different activity spaces in the classroom. For instance, you can make a gathering area for students where they can sit and play together, a discussion zone, an education zone and a free time zone. This idea is suitable for young students and can be made more fun by choosing colorful wall paint and flooring for each zone. (This can help encourage curiosity. Light colors can also help students stay fresh and focused. Try lime green for older students and bright colors for younger students).
Moreover, adequate lighting is an important aspect of the design. Proper lighting is essential in a classroom. This will help students see better and have good lighting for reading. Some new classrooms have single reading lamps on each desk for students to use when reading. Dimmers can also be used instead of light switches. Power-saving light bulbs are environmentally friendly. (This is a better alternative because some lessons need projections, and by using dimmers, you can control the right level for students to have proper lighting for the best view whether they are near for far).
Furthermore, the most important aspect of a healthy smart classroom is natural light. Large windows allow natural light to enter classrooms, which will help increase the students’ productivity. Also, it is environmentally-friendly in terms of saving energy. (Proper natural light decreases the use of artificial lighting. A classroom should also have proper ventilation for the users of the space, so the air in the room stays fresh. This can be attained with HVAC systems and the presence of multiple windows in the classroom).
Last but not least, you can use multi-task furniture in the classroom for several functions. For example, there are cabinets that have a writing board on the opposite side. Classroom desks can be used and formed in different shapes of group activities, and folding chairs can be easily moved and carried around for various purposes.
New classrooms are becoming more and more advanced as time goes by, and are cleverly designed. You always have the option of redesigning a classroom in the simplest ways possible that can save you time and money and be a fun, adventurous place for students to use.