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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Preparing a Classroom Culture for Deeper Learning

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

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Building a Positive, Trusting Classroom Environment

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Want to Improve a District? Let Teachers Lead the Way

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The Optimal Seating Plan? Letting Your Students Choose

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Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need

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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.

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Rebooting Industrial Era Seating

Two educators present ideas for transforming our classrooms to meet the challenges of the future in this excerpt from their new book.

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Want to Improve a District? Let Teachers Lead the Way

A Connecticut superintendent put teachers and students at the forefront of all decisions and transformed a district.

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The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus & Learn
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The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus and Learn

Imagine a safe space where students with autism can go to calm their bodies and then get back to the business of learning.

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Climb Aboard: School Buses Reimagined

Mobile greenhouses, art studios, and makerspaces are traveling to underserved kids across the nation—salvaging vulnerable school programs and leveling the playing field to access.

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Photo Essay: A Flexible Seating How-To

A middle school teacher gives you a peek inside her classroom. Look for ideas on how you can begin to transform your own room.

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Flexible Seating in Middle School

Tips on giving your students a choice about where and on what to sit—including ideas about seating charts and classroom management.

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No Grade Is Too Early for Flexible Seating

These students work while standing, kneeling—some of them even sit in chairs.

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Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

I'm a firm believer in keeping the focus on what's really important: the students. If student motivation and higher engagement is truly the desired end game, then we as teachers must adapt right along with our students in our classrooms.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need
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Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need

At Albemarle County Public Schools, flexible classrooms empower student choice, increase student engagement, and improve student participation.

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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.

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