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Adaptability

How can furniture become an active part of the learning process?

The contemporary challenges educators face can only be met through adaptability in all things, including furniture. Before going farther, if you’re looking for adaptive furniture for students, teachers or staff with special needs, please refer to the Design Principles page on Accessibility. In the classroom, furniture must be adaptable (meaning enhance and enable learning) in a wide range of situations, everything from lectures, to small group work, to individual study and testing.

Adaptable school furniture. Can there be any other kind?

As more and more schools embrace cooperative learning concepts, the need for adaptable school furniture has become clear. Today, furniture must be adaptable for it to be appropriate for learning situations of all kinds: groups from two to six or eight, individual work and testing and even the occasional large group lecture. It was cooperative learning that inspired Smith System’s innovative desking, often considered the first wave of adaptable furniture.

In the future, currents in education can change again. That’s another factor that makes the versatility of Smith System furniture so valuable. We call the concept “future-proofing” the classroom and it’s based on adaptable school furniture. The way we see it, our furniture’s flexibility supports almost every imaginable mode of learning and teaching.

What are the subtleties of adaptable school furniture?

To best answer that question start with another question: What can make that desk, chair or table more useful in more situations? When it comes to seating, it’s important to determine how the student’s attention is to be directed, and how much freedom is to be allowed. We call this our <Graduated Movement Concept>. It’s important to choose the right furniture for its use. Similarly, would adding mobility to the seating, through casters, add needed adaptability? Also, would Extensibility add to the furniture’s adaptability?

Desking and tables can be surprisingly adaptable furniture. Again, adding mobility through casters makes is a good place to start, making it easier for elementary students to reposition their desks.  Like seating, the adaptability of tables can be increased through Extensibility.

Cascade w/ Totes & Shelves
Cascade w/ Totes & Shelves
Cascade Peg Board End Panels
Cascade Peg Board End Panels
Planner Studio Science Table
Planner Studio Science Table
Planner Studio, Butcher Block
Planner Studio, Butcher Block
Planner Studio – 48" Deep
Planner Studio – 48" Deep
Planner Studio – 42" Deep
Planner Studio – 42" Deep
Planner Studio – 36" Deep
Planner Studio – 36" Deep
Cascade Two-Sided Whiteboard Unit
Cascade Two-Sided Whiteboard Unit
Cascade Nomad Cart
Cascade Nomad Cart
oodle
oodle
Planner Makerspace Table
Planner Makerspace Table
Interchange Crescent Table
Interchange Crescent Table
Sit Stand Student Desk
Sit Stand Student Desk
Interchange Engage Multimedia Table
Interchange Engage Multimedia Table
Interchange Cookie Table
Interchange Cookie Table
Interchange™ Squiggle Table
Interchange™ Squiggle Table
Planner Makerspace Giant Table - 48" Deep
Planner Makerspace Giant Table - 48" Deep
Interchange Diamond Desk
Interchange Diamond Desk
Flex Single-Student Desk
Flex Single-Student Desk
Interchange™ Half Boat Multimedia Table
Interchange™ Half Boat Multimedia Table
Interchange Medium Sized Multimedia Table
Interchange Medium Sized Multimedia Table
Interchange Sequence™ Desk
Interchange Sequence™ Desk
UXL Crescent Table
UXL Crescent Table
Interchange Student Desks
Interchange Student Desks
UXL Rectangle Tables - 42" Deep
UXL Rectangle Tables - 42" Deep
Planner Huddle 6 Student Desk
Planner Huddle 6 Student Desk
Planner Huddle 8 Student Desk
Planner Huddle 8 Student Desk
Interchange 3-2-1 Table
Interchange 3-2-1 Table
Flex Two-Student Desk
Flex Two-Student Desk
Arc-8 Flex Desk
Arc-8 Flex Desk
Planner Huddle-8LS Student Desk
Planner Huddle-8LS Student Desk
Interchange™ Curve Desk
Interchange™ Curve Desk
UXL Rectangle Table - 24"D
UXL Rectangle Table - 24"D
Interchange Multimedia Table
Interchange Multimedia Table
Elemental Hard Plastic Single-Student Desk
Elemental Hard Plastic Single-Student Desk
Planner Lab Station - 30" Deep
Planner Lab Station - 30" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 42" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 42" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 36" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 36" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 24" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 24" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 20" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Table - 20" Deep
Planner Two-Student Desk
Planner Two-Student Desk
Planner Three-Student Desk
Planner Three-Student Desk
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 48" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 48" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 42" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 42" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 36" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 36" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 30" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 30" Deep
Standard Activity Tables - 30" Deep
Standard Activity Tables - 30" Deep
Cascade Mega-Tower
Cascade Mega-Tower
Cascade Mega-Cabinet
Cascade Mega-Cabinet
Cascade Mega-Case
Cascade Mega-Case
Cascade Powered AV Mega-Case
Cascade Powered AV Mega-Case
Cascade Makercart
Cascade Makercart
Cascade Mid-Tower
Cascade Mid-Tower
Cascade Mid-Cabinet
Cascade Mid-Cabinet
Cascade Powered AV Mid-Case
Cascade Powered AV Mid-Case
Cascade Mini-Tower
Cascade Mini-Tower
Cascade Mini-Cabinet
Cascade Mini-Cabinet
Cascade Mini-Case
Cascade Mini-Case
Cascade Teacher Desk - Single Pedestal, Single Bullet
Cascade Teacher Desk - Single Pedestal, Single Bullet
Interchange Racetrack Table
Interchange Racetrack Table
Interchange Peanut Table
Interchange Peanut Table
Graphic Arts CAD Desk, Split top
Graphic Arts CAD Desk, Split top
Cascade Laptop Shelf
Cascade Laptop Shelf
Acrobat Three-Student Desk
Acrobat Three-Student Desk
Acrobat Two-Student Desk
Acrobat Two-Student Desk
Acrobat Single-Student Desk
Acrobat Single-Student Desk
Acrobat Rectangle Instructor Desk
Acrobat Rectangle Instructor Desk
Interchange Flower Activity Table
Interchange Flower Activity Table
UXL Rectangle Table - 20"D
UXL Rectangle Table - 20"D
UXL Trapezoid Table
UXL Trapezoid Table
Elemental Single-Student Wave Top Desk
Elemental Single-Student Wave Top Desk
Planner Breakaway Conference Table
Planner Breakaway Conference Table
Acrobat Contour Instructor Desk
Acrobat Contour Instructor Desk
Husky Rectangle Activity Tables - 24" Deep
Husky Rectangle Activity Tables - 24" Deep
Husky Round Activity Table
Husky Round Activity Table
Husky Kidney Activity Table
Husky Kidney Activity Table
Husky Trapezoid Activity Table
Husky Trapezoid Activity Table
Husky Square Activity Table
Husky Square Activity Table
Husky Clover Activity Table
Husky Clover Activity Table
Husky Flower Activity Table
Husky Flower Activity Table
Flavors Adjustable Chair
Flavors Adjustable Chair
Flavors Adjustable Stool
Flavors Adjustable Stool
Flexline Technology Desk - 24" Deep
Flexline Technology Desk - 24" Deep
Interchange Two-Student Diamond Desk
Interchange Two-Student Diamond Desk
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 24" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 24" Deep
Interchange Square Activity Table
Interchange Square Activity Table
Interchange Round Table
Interchange Round Table
Interchange Trapezoid Activity Table
Interchange Trapezoid Activity Table
Standard Rectangle Activity Tables - 24" Deep
Standard Rectangle Activity Tables - 24" Deep
Standard Square Activity Table
Standard Square Activity Table
Standard Round Activity Table
Standard Round Activity Table
Standard Trapezoid Activity Table
Standard Trapezoid Activity Table
Standard Kidney Activity Table
Standard Kidney Activity Table
Standard Half Moon Activity Table
Standard Half Moon Activity Table
Standard Clover Activity Table
Standard Clover Activity Table
Standard Flower Activity Table
Standard Flower Activity Table
Planner Single-Student Desk, Hard Plastic
Planner Single-Student Desk, Hard Plastic
Interchange™ SW Tote Storage
Interchange™ SW Tote Storage
UXL 48" Half Round End Cap
UXL 48" Half Round End Cap
Booktruck Top, w/ Poles
Booktruck Top, w/ Poles
Flex Single-Student Desk with Hard Plastic Top
Flex Single-Student Desk with Hard Plastic Top
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