Facebook
Edutopia on Facebook
Twitter
Edutopia on Twitter
Google+
Edutopia on Google+
Pinterest
Edutopia on Pinterest Follow Me on Pinterest
WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Learning Environments

Learning is enhanced by the space where it happens. Discover how to make a difference by optimizing seating arrangements, classroom decor, and even building design.

PrintPrint
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Share
A photo of 2 female students writing a whiteboard table with colored markers.

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.

Does Your Classroom Tell a Story?

Bringing objects and props into your classroom can create a world of curiosity and wonder for you and your students.

Traditional classroom with desks in rows facing teacher's desk in front of the blackboard

Tips for Creating Wow-Worthy Learning Spaces

From innovative, intelligent seating arrangements to relevant, engaging bulletin boards, your students deserve a classroom space that stimulates and facilitates their learning.

8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

David Bill, who's spent the past three years helping teachers redesign classroom spaces, offers eight tips and tricks to remake your room.

Empty colorful classroom

5-Minute Film Festival: Classroom Makeovers to Engage Learners

How can a classroom be set up to maximize learning? Get inspired by this video playlist with tips and ideas for teachers to make over their classrooms.

Discuss

Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design

Last comment 11 hours 35 min ago
19 8,933 62,087 views

Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

Last comment 1 day 12 hours ago
10 6,493 50,744 views

New Teachers: Designing Learning Environments

Last comment 1 week 5 days ago
6 11,462 45,536 views

Children in Charge: Self-Directed Learning Programs

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:00
5 3,056 15,115 views

Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 06:00
19 8,933 62,087 views

Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 10:00
10 6,493 50,744 views

Resources

Graphic of a banner that reads, "supplies."

7 Learning Zones Every Classroom Must Have!

For details on the "Seven Learning Zones" system, download a printable graphic with ideas to help you reorganize your classroom space.

5 3 29,847 views

Browse

A large, studentless classroom, with large blue bouncy balls, sofa chairs, folding chairs, a tent, crates, mats, and other unique furniture.
blog

Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

Flexible classroom seating invites collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking by helping students manage their physical energy and comfort as they learn on their own terms.

10 6,493 50,744 views
17 chairs are lined side-by-side in three rows facing the front of a classroom. At the front of the class, inches from the ceiling, a flat screen TV is attached to the wall. A countertop with drawers extends along the right side of the room.
blog

Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design

These five steps are essential in creating a 21st-century classroom: establishing zones, ensuring resource accessibility, encouraging mobility, igniting inspiration, and fostering respect.

19 8,933 62,087 views
A young girl with long hair in a white t-shirt and blue shorts is sitting at a kid-sized table with colorful, clear, Lego-like building pieces. On the table are variations of different towers.
blog

Transforming Unused School Spaces Into Something Amazing

With staff vision and student and community engagement, turn the unused or under-used areas of your school buildings or grounds into gardens, labs, and makerspaces.

1,371 7,844 views
A closeup of the right side of young girl's face. She has an off-white cloth wrapped partially around her head with her brunette bangs showing, covering her forehead.
blog

Creating Core Memories in the Classroom

In her second post about the film "Inside Out," Lori Desautels suggests creating positive academic core memories by respecting your classroom's emotional climate and engaging students' curiosity and anticipation.

1,144 5,740 views
A young teenage boy and girl, in middle school or ninth grade, are working at a classroom table. The boy is working on a HP laptop, and the girl is putting super glue on a piece of paper that's on top of a red lunch tray.
blog

Middle School Maker Journey: The Making of a Mantra

In part eight of his year-long series, Kevin Jarrett reveals the power of a four-word design thinking mantra dominating the wall of his middle-school makerspace.

8 697 8,610 views
Four young students are standing next to each other, playfully hugging, smiling and looking directly at the camera.
blog

Strategies for Multi-Grade-Level PBL Projects

By building in similar learning objectives, starting from different driving questions, and working in flexible learning spaces, PBL projects can foster collaboration between different grade levels.

1 811 2,104 views
A young girl in a striped white and black long sleeve shirt is standing by a large tabletop partially covered with cardboard boxes and a robotic mechanism with four wheels. She's touching the robot.
blog

Middle School Maker Journey: Everything's Going Well . . . We Think

In part six of his year-long series, Kevin Jarrett reflects on his middle school makerspace's successes and growth opportunities, with an eye on the upcoming capstone projects.

15 323 2,676 views

Pages

blog

8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

David Bill, who's spent the past three years helping teachers redesign classroom spaces, offers eight tips and tricks to remake your room.

27 17,089 269,198 views
Empty colorful classroom
blog

5-Minute Film Festival: Classroom Makeovers to Engage Learners

How can a classroom be set up to maximize learning? Get inspired by this video playlist with tips and ideas for teachers to make over their classrooms.

19 27,356 189,606 views
blog

A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips suggests that a critical piece of student learning is the physical environment of the classroom itself. He offers examples of and resources for turning impersonal spaces into student-friendly havens of learning.

41 24,441 170,473 views
blog

Addressing Our Needs: Maslow Comes to Life for Educators and Students

Guest blogger Lori Desautels translates Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs into a blueprint for classroom practice that can set the stage with comfort, care and self-reflection to optimize brain-compatible learning.

13 14,124 132,781 views
Two boys writing at a desk
blog

7 Learning Zones Every Classroom Must Have

As you plan next year's curriculum and activities, consider how you'll use your classroom space. Here are seven learning zones to help focus your students.

26 9,412 127,998 views
Traditional classroom with desks in rows facing teacher's desk in front of the blackboard
blog

Tips for Creating Wow-Worthy Learning Spaces

From innovative, intelligent seating arrangements to relevant, engaging bulletin boards, your students deserve a classroom space that stimulates and facilitates their learning.

19 9,906 124,937 views
A photo of a full bowl of water, with one drop going into it.
blog

Applying Mindfulness to Mundane Classroom Tasks

By adding a fun, creative element of focus and stillness to a classroom routine, you can help your students learn to appreciate and practice self-regulation.

21 17,176 114,414 views

Pages

Join the movement for change