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A Shift in Classroom and Furniture Design Philosophy.

Not only is the 21st Century Classroom designed around the curriculum, the curriculum is designed around the student. In today’s successfully designed classroom, everything starts with the student.

Classroom Environments Catalog

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Designing the classroom around the curriculum.

A fundamental shift in orientation makes the 21st Century Classroom different from all that have come before it.

The shift comes from the widespread adoption of Collaborative Learning curriculum. Classrooms in the 21st Century must support it because it will be the dominant model of education for the foreseeable future.

Collaborative Learning is different than traditional methods in two fundamental ways. First, Collaborative Learning is student centered, empowering the student to be an active participant in the learning process.

Second, Collaborative learning revolves around solving open-ended problems or creating some 
sort of a “product” which could be anything from a report, a poster or a video. These projects give the students an opportunity to develop the widest range of learning skills. The educational benefits of collaborative learning include:

  • Producing higher group and individual achievement, higher-quality reasoning strategies, more and more new ideas and solutions to problems.
  • Developing higher-level thinking (not just recalling facts), oral communication,
self-management, and leadership skills.
  • Learning to confidently present and defend ideas, which increases the student’s self-esteem and responsibility.
  • Fostering growth in maturity and confidence on the parts of the learners, because it promotes student-educator interaction and exposes the student to diverse perspectives.

Classroom Furniture’s Active Role in Learning Environments.

The classroom has evolved from a static physical space into a dynamic learning environment. What made this evolution possible is the combination of a better understanding of the way students learn and the ability to apply that understanding through more effective teaching methods. Naturally, as the teaching methods changed, so have the teacher’s tools, including the classroom furniture.

Even advanced desks don’t move themselves.

Mobility is a crucial feature for furniture in a collaborative learning classroom. So, always consider optional casters for desks and tables. Without them, moving desks is a struggle for small students, and reconfiguring classrooms disrupts progress on lessons and projects.

Consider management of project materials.

The educator needs more tools to facilitate group and project learning. One invaluable resource is a cabinet that allows project materials to be sorted and stored for each group, distributed to the group when needed, then put away when finished. This is a valuable space for storing manipulatives, also.

Consider different learning modalities.

The 21st Century Classroom supports passive and active learning lesson plans. It eases the transition from lecture style to learner-led and teacher-guided lessons. The classroom makes use of analog and digital visual presentation technology.

Connectivity is key.

Whether they’re working with tablets or laptops, students need the ability to connect with data and other resources. It is crucial for 21st Century Classrooms to provide students with both power as well as WiFi for their devices.

Wait a minute. Classroom furniture is a teaching tool?

The classroom furniture’s design can help students learn (and teachers teach) in several subtle and not-so-subtle ways. Some of the more obvious ways are through meeting physical requirements like size, making sure the furniture is properly scaled to fit the size of the student.  Classroom furniture that fits eliminates a distraction and helps students to concentrate. Recent studies indicate movement can contribute to concentration, and is considered beneficial to physical health. With Smith System student seating, educators can allow varying degrees of movement.

Equally important, but slightly less obvious, is classroom furniture functionality – does the student’s classroom furniture consistent with the curriculum? Because learning now often takes place in groups numbering from two to six students, classroom furniture has to have the ability to be configured in groups. This is largely determined by the design. Smith System has long led the way in furniture for cooperative learning, enabled by innovatively shaped desktops.

Ask any teacher: Classroom furniture creates an instant impression.

What kind of unspoken message does the classroom send to the student? At Smith System, we’ve found the shapes and colors of classroom furniture go a long way toward making the environment welcoming, stimulating and engaging to the student. Classroom furniture is a physical point of contact between the student and the school. Smith System offers many choices, so your classroom furniture sends the right messages.

Cascade Spiral Noteboard
Cascade Spiral Noteboard
Utility Cart
Utility Cart
Elemental™ Round Tables
Elemental™ Round Tables
Elemental™ Kidney Table
Elemental™ Kidney Table
Cascade Two-Sided Whiteboard Unit
Cascade Two-Sided Whiteboard Unit
Cascade Nomad Cart
Cascade Nomad Cart
oodle
oodle
Elemental™ Square Tables
Elemental™ Square Tables
Elemental™ Rectangle Tables - 30" Deep
Elemental™ Rectangle Tables - 30" Deep
Elemental™ Half Moon Table
Elemental™ Half Moon Table
Elemental™ Clover Table
Elemental™ Clover Table
Elemental™ Trapezoid Table
Elemental™ Trapezoid Table
Elemental™ 6-Star Table
Elemental™ 6-Star Table
Elemental™ Sprocket Table
Elemental™ Sprocket Table
Elemental™ Engage Trapezoid Table
Elemental™ Engage Trapezoid Table
Elemental™ Yin Yang Table
Elemental™ Yin Yang Table
Elemental™ Moon Table
Elemental™ Moon Table
Elemental™ Engage Rectangle Table
Elemental™ Engage Rectangle Table
Elemental™ Engage Square Table
Elemental™ Engage Square Table
Planner Makerspace Table
Planner Makerspace Table
Sit Stand Lectern
Sit Stand Lectern
Elemental™ 5-Star Table
Elemental™ 5-Star Table
Elemental™ Rectangle Tables - 24" Deep
Elemental™ Rectangle Tables - 24" Deep
Interchange Crescent Table
Interchange Crescent Table
Sit Stand Student Desk
Sit Stand Student Desk
Interchange Engage Multimedia Table
Interchange Engage Multimedia Table
Multimedia Cafe Tables
Multimedia Cafe Tables
Silhouette Two-Student Desk
Silhouette Two-Student Desk
Interchange Cookie Table
Interchange Cookie Table
Interchange™ Wing Desk
Interchange™ Wing Desk
Interchange Diamond Open Front Desk
Interchange Diamond Open Front Desk
Silhouette Student Desk
Silhouette Student Desk
Silhouette Curve Desk
Silhouette Curve Desk
Silhouette Sequence Desk
Silhouette Sequence Desk
Interchange™ Squiggle Table
Interchange™ Squiggle Table
Planner Makerspace Giant Table - 48" Deep
Planner Makerspace Giant Table - 48" Deep
Interchange Wing Open Front Desk
Interchange Wing Open Front Desk
Interchange Diamond Desk
Interchange Diamond Desk
UXL Two-Student Desks
UXL Two-Student Desks
Flex Single-Student Desk
Flex Single-Student Desk
Planner Collaboration Table
Planner Collaboration Table
Interchange™ Half Boat Multimedia Table
Interchange™ Half Boat Multimedia Table
Flavors Stack Chair
Flavors Stack Chair
Intuit Stack Chair
Intuit Stack Chair
Plato Stack Chair
Plato Stack Chair
Interchange Rectangle Multi-Media Table
Interchange Rectangle Multi-Media Table
Interchange Medium Sized Multimedia Table
Interchange Medium Sized Multimedia Table
Interchange Sequence™ Desk
Interchange Sequence™ Desk
UXL Diamond, Mini-Diamond Desk
UXL Diamond, Mini-Diamond Desk
UXL Crescent Table
UXL Crescent Table
UXL Wing Desk
UXL Wing Desk
Interchange Student Desks
Interchange Student Desks
UXL Rectangle Tables - 42" Deep
UXL Rectangle Tables - 42" Deep
UXL Rectangle Tables - 36" deep
UXL Rectangle Tables - 36" deep
Planner Huddle 6 Student Desk
Planner Huddle 6 Student Desk
Planner Huddle 8 Student Desk
Planner Huddle 8 Student Desk
Planner Single-Student Desk
Planner Single-Student Desk
Interchange Wing Desk w/ Swoop
Interchange Wing Desk w/ Swoop
Interchange Half Moon Activity Table
Interchange Half Moon Activity Table
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
UXL Two-Student Diamond Desk
UXL Two-Student Diamond Desk
Planner Huddle-8LS Student Desk
Planner Huddle-8LS Student Desk
Interchange™ Curve Desk
Interchange™ Curve Desk
UXL Nest and Fold Table - Half Round
UXL Nest and Fold Table - Half Round
UXL Rectangle Table - 30"D
UXL Rectangle Table - 30"D
UXL Single-Student Desks
UXL Single-Student Desks
UXL Curve Desk
UXL Curve Desk
UXL Rectangle Table - 24"D
UXL Rectangle Table - 24"D
Planner Cluster Work Center
Planner Cluster Work Center
UXL Adjustable Nest and Fold - Half Round
UXL Adjustable Nest and Fold - Half Round
UXL Adjustable Nest and Fold - Rectangle
UXL Adjustable Nest and Fold - Rectangle
UXL Nest and Fold Table - Rectangle
UXL Nest and Fold Table - Rectangle
Plato Mobile Stack Chair
Plato Mobile Stack Chair
UXL Table I~O Post End Cap
UXL Table I~O Post End Cap
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
Chat Wedge Table
Chat Wedge Table
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
Husky Rectangle Activity Tables - 30" Deep
Husky Rectangle Activity Tables - 30" Deep
Standard Activity Tables - 30" Deep
Standard Activity Tables - 30" Deep
Flavors Sled Chair
Flavors Sled Chair
Flavors Mobile Stack Chair
Flavors Mobile Stack Chair
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 Mid-Case
Cascade Mid-Case
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 Cubby
Cascade Cubby
Cascade Teacher Desk - Single Pedestal
Cascade Teacher Desk - Single Pedestal
Cascade Teacher Desk - Single Pedestal, Single Bullet
Cascade Teacher Desk - Single Pedestal, Single Bullet
Cascade Teacher Desk - Double Pedestal, Double Bullet
Cascade Teacher Desk - Double Pedestal, Double Bullet
Cascade Teacher Desk - Double Pedestal
Cascade Teacher Desk - Double Pedestal
Flavors Noodle Chair
Flavors Noodle Chair
Acrobat Tech Lab
Acrobat Tech Lab
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 20" Deep
Interchange Rectangle Activity Table - 20" Deep
Cascade Teacher Wardrobe Cabinet
Cascade Teacher Wardrobe Cabinet
Cascade Laptop Shelf
Cascade Laptop Shelf
UXL Half Round Table
UXL Half Round Table
Acrobat Three-Student Desk
Acrobat Three-Student Desk
Acrobat Two-Student Desk
Acrobat Two-Student Desk
Acrobat Single-Student Desk
Acrobat Single-Student Desk
Elemental Single-Student Rectangle Desk
Elemental Single-Student Rectangle Desk
Acrobat Rectangle Instructor Desk
Acrobat Rectangle Instructor Desk
Everything Cart
Everything Cart
Acrobat Bullet Workstations
Acrobat Bullet Workstations
Interchange Flower Activity Table
Interchange Flower Activity Table
UXL Fold Away Tablet Arm Chair
UXL Fold Away Tablet Arm Chair
UXL P-Tablet Arm Chair
UXL P-Tablet Arm Chair
UXL Mobile Stack Chair
UXL Mobile Stack Chair
UXL Stack Chair with Arms
UXL Stack Chair with Arms
UXL Rectangle Table - 20"D
UXL Rectangle Table - 20"D
UXL Round Table
UXL Round Table
I~O Post End Cap Table
I~O Post End Cap Table
UXL Table 3/4" Round End Cap
UXL Table 3/4" Round End Cap
UXL Square Table
UXL Square Table
UXL Trapezoid Table
UXL Trapezoid Table
Graphic Arts Split Top
Graphic Arts Split Top
Cascade Totes, SW & EW
Cascade Totes, SW & EW
Elemental Single-Student Wave Top Desk
Elemental Single-Student Wave Top Desk
Interchange Rectangle Open Front Desk
Interchange Rectangle Open Front Desk
Flavors P-Tablet Arm Chair
Flavors P-Tablet Arm Chair
Chat Chair
Chat Chair
UXL Nest & Fold Chair
UXL Nest & Fold Chair
UXL Nest and Fold Chair (Arms)
UXL Nest and Fold Chair (Arms)
UXL Single-Student Open Front Desk
UXL Single-Student Open Front Desk
UXL Two-Student Open Front Desk
UXL Two-Student Open Front Desk
UXL Adjustable Chair
UXL Adjustable Chair
UXL Adjustable Stool
UXL Adjustable Stool
UXL Stack Chair
UXL Stack Chair
Planner Rectangle Activity Tables - 30" Deep
Planner Rectangle Activity Tables - 30" Deep
Planner Trapezoid Activity Table
Planner Trapezoid Activity Table
Planner Square Activity Table
Planner Square Activity Table
Planner Round Activity Table
Planner Round Activity Table
Planner Half Moon Activity Table
Planner Half Moon Activity Table
Planner Contour Activity Table
Planner Contour Activity Table
Planner Breakaway Conference Table
Planner Breakaway Conference Table
Acrobat Contour Instructor Desk
Acrobat Contour Instructor Desk
Acrobat Peninsula Instructor Desk
Acrobat Peninsula Instructor Desk
Graphic Arts 1-Piece Top
Graphic Arts 1-Piece Top
Booktruck, Six Sloping Shelf
Booktruck, Six Sloping Shelf
Booktruck, Three Sloping Shelf
Booktruck, Three Sloping Shelf
Booktruck, Three Flat Shelf
Booktruck, Three Flat Shelf
Gorilla Booktruck, Six Sloping Shelf
Gorilla Booktruck, Six Sloping Shelf
Flavors Fixed-Height Stool
Flavors Fixed-Height Stool
Interchange Contour Activity Table
Interchange Contour Activity Table
Interchange Kidney Activity Table
Interchange Kidney Activity Table
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
Silhouette Single-Student Desk (Hard Plastic Top)
Silhouette Single-Student Desk (Hard Plastic Top)
Standard Horseshoe Activity Table
Standard Horseshoe Activity Table
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
Plato Fixed-Height Stool
Plato Fixed-Height Stool
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
Plato P-Tablet Arm Chair
Plato P-Tablet Arm Chair
Intuit Adjustable Chair
Intuit Adjustable Chair
Plato Adjustable Chair
Plato Adjustable Chair
Interchange™ SW Tote Storage
Interchange™ SW Tote Storage
Plato Sled Chair
Plato Sled Chair
Cascade™ Tote Trays
Cascade™ Tote Trays
Acrobat 5-Sided Corner Workstation
Acrobat 5-Sided Corner Workstation
UXL Three-Student Desks
UXL Three-Student Desks
UXL 48" Half Round End Cap
UXL 48" Half Round End Cap
UXL 48" Corner Table
UXL 48" Corner Table
Flex Single-Student Desk with Hard Plastic Top
Flex Single-Student Desk with Hard Plastic Top
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