Guest Blogger- Brittany Osterman McGregor
To some, classroom settings may just seem like bookcases and chalk boards; however, these settings mean so much more. Simply put, classroom settings are preparing students for the real world, and too many times, this is overlooked. Through my years of experience in educational furniture, I have found a few tips on how to give kids the most beneficial classroom settings.
First, we need to make sure we’re not providing just any school desks and tables. Students want to be treated as adults, so specific types of classroom furniture geared towards those in the work world are essential. Also, just as an office setting focuses towards working with teams, collaborative spaces are a must. This is why I love working in the field of educational furniture – in a sense I’m helping prepare kids for the real world.
It doesn’t stop at classroom furniture, either. Students meet throughout campus in dorms, libraries, and just about anywhere. So, we really need to focus on creating quick huddle spaces with various levels of privacy to allow for different needs, whether it’s in a room or a modular lounge with seated privacy.
Taking it a step further: who says the college experience in classrooms has to be so different from high school furniture or even elementary school furniture? While these areas do have more traditional educational furniture, we at OstermanCron believe in educating students in the environments where they will someday thrive.
If this has you thinking, “Where can I find the right furniture to create these types of settings?” I’d love to brainstorm some ideas and share how we’ve helped other schools create these types of spaces in classrooms, dining areas, lounges, media centers, offices, and even common areas.