It is so much a part of the culture of non-educators over the age of 25 or 30, the term for a traditional, knowledge sharing classroom is elusive. A didactic classroom? A traditional classroom? What other kind of classroom is there? And, just as there isn’t a single definitive label for the classroom, there are countless choices of furniture in knowledge sharing classrooms. In fact, the whole Smith System portfolio could be used in a classroom based on the knowledge sharing model.
How furniture can support knowledge transfer from teacher to student.
The focus of a traditional classroom is the teacher. So creating an environment that primarily directs the student’s attention to the teacher and secondarily to his or her work is the goal. In a knowledge sharing classroom, furniture can help the educational process by helping students to remain engaged in the material that the teacher is presenting. Here, the furniture arrangement is key.
While lectures and whiteboard presentations comprise the vast majority of the day in a knowledge sharing classroom, some space needs to be dedicated to other activities, whether it’s individual reading, small group functions and reference materials.
Another key, furniture that doesn’t fight the student.
Classroom furniture can be a teacher’s best ally in keeping students engaged. Smith System seating is created with the knowledge that it’s natural, healthy and productive for students to be able to move within their chairs. In fact, kids need to move. The more a super-rigid chair resists this need, the more the student loses concentration. An effective knowledge transfer environment guides, rather than controls the student.
The Intuit™ Chair, Plato™ Seating and Flavors™ Seating lines allow increasingly more movement on the part of students. Our graduated movement concept helps tailor an unseen, yet important element to make a knowledge transfer classroom the most effective learning environment it can be.