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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.

  • Smart Ways to Upgrade Your Home Teaching Setup

    You may be teaching from your living room, but a few simple adjustments can up your teaching game. 
    Meghan Laslocky
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  • Elementary aged girl walks to her outdoor classroom carrying an umbrella and 5-gallon bucket

    Moving Your Classroom Outside During the Pandemic

    One teacher shares how her rural elementary school safely and effectively took their classrooms outdoors.
    510
  • An illustration of a figure examining data

    The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2020

    We reviewed hundreds of educational studies in 2020 and then highlighted 10 of the most significant—covering topics from virtual learning to the reading wars and the decline of standardized tests.
    16.4k
  • 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.
    1M
  • A classroom with large rectangular tables and a futon.

    Dos and Don’ts of Classroom Decorations

    What you put on your classroom walls can affect your students’ ability to learn.
    68.6k
  • Teacher and student high-fiving

    8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
    35.1k
  • Flexible classroom

    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.
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  • A colorful classroom with couches, collapsible desks, and scoop chairs

    7 Outstanding K–8 Flexible Classrooms

    K–8 educators from across the country give you a peek at their classrooms—and explain how they managed the transformations.
    57.5k
  • A large, studentless classroom, with large blue bouncy balls, sofa chairs, folding chairs, a tent, crates, mats, and other unique furniture.

    Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

    How a visit to Starbucks inspired a change to flexible seating—and then some changes in teaching philosophy.
    63.2k
  • A Student-Driven Approach to Experiential Learning

    A Student-Driven Approach to Experiential Learning

    See how a Reggio Emilia–inspired elementary school in Australia fosters student interests to spark curiosity and joy in learning.
    12.6k
  • The author's flexible classroom, with many different seating arrangements such as chairs, couches, yoga balls, and stools

    Designing Flexible Seating With Students

    A veteran elementary teacher shares what he’s learned from eight years of building a student-centered environment.
    14k
  • Child's hands pushing objects from nature into clay

    Integrating Loose Parts Play in a Preschool Program

    Children use pine cones, old toys, and more in loose parts play, but it’s important that they also get a chance to play with bigger aspects of their learning environment and shape it according to their own vision.
    1.2k
  • Outdoor classroom in the woods

    Getting Started With an Outdoor Classroom

    A Vermont elementary school teacher describes lessons she has moved outside in an effort to help students connect with nature.
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  • A classroom nook with a couch, armchair, and coffee table

    High School Flexible Seating Done Right

    Interested in switching to flexible seating? Get funding ideas, helpful tips, and how-to photos from the pros—your fellow high school teachers.
    20.7k
  • Girls playing in mud

    At Playtime, Open Fields and Trees Beat Seesaws and Monkey Bars

    New research suggests that natural elements like mud, sticks, and trees might unlock the imaginative power of play—beating out purpose-built spaces like the neighborhood playground.
    3.9k

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