Outside Classrooms: Even Small Doses Can Help Counter Nature-Deficit Disorder
Some teachers remain reluctant to take learning outside. They worry students will lose focus. But as researcher Ming Kuo said, “You can add as much instructional time as you want and keep pouring, but once that cup is full, it’s full. You have to find ways to give kids more capacity to take [information] in.” Being in nature seems to increase that capacity.
Virtual Reality in the Classroom
Imagine a student so viscerally immersed in learning that it’s dizzying. Literally. That’s the power of using virtual reality in the classroom, and it’s capturing the attention of K–12 educators.
Employee Spotlight–Meet Jesus Anorve-Garcia
Have you ever wondered who works on and fixes the machinery at Smith System? Well, meet Jesus. He has been working at Smith System for the past eight years. Lately, Jesus has been assembling and moving our production lines from Plano to the new facility. He is one of the only people who knows how all of the machinery at Smith System works.
Future-Proof Furniture Fills New K–8 Leadership Academy
If modern K–12 education design had a mascot, it’d be a chameleon. Just like those color-morphing lizards, learning spaces and furniture must functionally adapt over their live span for every grade level and possible pedagogy. It’s called future-proofing.
Space of the Week
We've seen how the right tools can help spark inspiration and found that working together with dealers, designers and school systems results in what's best for the school, teacher and student. Each week, we will be featuring an influential space that was created in the past week that inspires a creative and dynamic learning environment.
New Classroom Furniture Helps STEM Students Soar. Literally.
When sixth-grade teacher Gina Baragone applied for a district grant for new classroom furniture, she didn’t expected two things. First, to receive the award and, second, the impact it would have on her STEM classroom students. The furniture has helped them fly.
An Innovative STEM Environment at Donny O’Dell Elementary.
“My students’ ability to collaborate has greatly improved, no matter who’s in their group. Their confidence in trying new things has skyrocketed, too. They’re given opportunities to explore, fail, and not give up. I love seeing that.” So much so that she has her eye on securing funding to create O’Dell’s first “STEMineers”
Classroom Furniture Color Selection
Building a new school is an epic bricks-and-mortar task. Choosing a color scheme for your new school furniture shouldn’t be. There’s a method to the potential madness of color chips, samples and finishes.
5 Steps to a Flexible-Seating Classroom
What’s important is having a plan, according to Dianna Radcliff, the aforementioned fifth-grade ELA teacher and technology specialist. Doing so has made her a convert to flexible seating.
The Optimal Classroom Chair? Let Learners Decide.
Kids and teens seem to intuitively know how and where they concentrate best. Just look in a modern K12 classroom. Students might be sitting, standing, kneeling, rocking, or even propped on the floor.
A Transatlantic Team: Smith System Furnishes Primary School in Greece
The opportunity to furnish a classroom is exciting. The opportunity to develop and direct the furnishing of an entire new primary school is extraordinary, especially when that school must seamlessly integrate into a beloved, 113-year-old educational institutional.
Starting a Makerspace? Your Beginner’s Guide
The thought of starting your very own School Makerspace can be daunting. You’ve read about Makerspaces and seen their potential, but where do you start?