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.

  • Collaborative Learning

    Designing a Public School From Scratch

    On a mission to reimagine traditional schooling, a K–8 school in San Diego puts teachers and students at the center.
  • Learning Environments

    Reflections on Shifting to a Flexible Classroom

    A middle school teacher shares the benefits of giving students voice and choice in their learning environment.
  • Learning Environments

    The A to Z of Flexible Classrooms

    We look at the research, raw materials, and funding options for flexible spaces, and then ask over 20 teachers how they managed the transformation.
  • Learning Environments

    No Room of One’s Own

    Despite the challenges, there are some upsides for middle and high school teachers in changing rooms throughout the day.
  • Brain-Based Learning

    The Social Classroom

    Increasingly, modern classrooms support group work and peer-to-peer collaboration. The science says that’s right on.
  • The Research Is In

    Flexible Classrooms: Research Is Scarce, But Promising

    An ambitious study of 153 classrooms in the United Kingdom provides the best evidence that flexible spaces can boost academic performance.
  • Learning Environments

    The Architecture of Ideal Learning Environments

    We talked to some of the leading architects in the country about five key principles in K–12 school design.
  • Learning Environments

    Building a 21st-Century Learning Space

    A community raised $6 million to construct an innovative 30,000-square-foot facility complete with makerspaces and learning labs.
  • Learning Environments

    3 Elementary Classroom Hacks

    A teacher explains strategies she once used with first graders, with updates from her current perspective teaching fourth grade.
  • Learning Environments

    3 Elementary Classroom Hacks

    A teacher explains strategies she once used with first graders, with updates from her current perspective teaching fourth grade.