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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.

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  • Building Strong Foundations With Classroom Routines

    Investing time early in the year to establish procedures and expectations lets teachers and students enjoy a classroom that runs more smoothly (almost!) every day.
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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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  • 4 Ways Classroom Design Impacts Executive Functioning

    Effective classroom design can help elementary students develop skills like organization and task initiation.
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    Dos and Don’ts of Classroom Decorations

    What you put on your classroom walls can affect your students’ ability to learn.
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    8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
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    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.
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    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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    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.
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  • Making the Most of Your Classroom Walls

    Classroom walls don’t have to be Instagram-worthy so long as they display the right information and allow students to shine.
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  • 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.
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  • How to Set Up a Learner-Centered Classroom

    From composing a class charter to practicing morning meetings, these student-centered strategies create a nurturing environment where learners can thrive.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • The Social and Academic Benefits of Team Sports

    Team sports are about so much more than their physical benefits. This is especially so when group sports activities are incorporated into a young person’s life.
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  • Reflections on Shifting to a Flexible Classroom

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